In a joint operation by Anti Terrorism Squads (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh and Maharahtra and the Mumbai Police,an 80-year-old Dadar resident was on Tuesday picked up from his residence and was found to be in possession of more than 200 cartridges of various calibres. He is being questioned by the UP ATS.
Police sources identified the suspect as Alvin Dsouza,a resident of Salvation Society,Dadar. We provided back-up to ATS officials and a search of Dsouzas residence revealed 19 magazines and 239 live cartridges of various non-prohibition calibres, said DCP (Zone V) Dhananjay Kulkarni.
As per government rules,ammunition of calibre used by law enforcement agencies,such as .38 and 9 mm bullets,are prohibited while those permitted for civilian use,such as the 401 and .22 calibre,fall under the non-prohibited category.
Kulkarni added that Dsouza,now retired,used to work as a flight engineer with Air India and stays with his wife in Dadar. He has a son who is studying in Canada,said Kulkarni.
Maharashtra ATS chief Rakesh Maria confirmed the state ATS had assisted their UP counterparts. However,he declined to reveal details,saying investigations were still on.
Dsouzas name has allegedly cropped up in connection with a recent operation by the UP ATS where a gun-running racket,involving licensed gun shops of Lucknow and Kanpur supplying foreign-make semi-automatic sophisticated firearms to licensed shops and illicit suppliers in other states,was busted.