The Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested one of its constable, who had been part of the force’s crackdown on illegal arms, for allegedly being involved in smuggling of country-made weapons.
The constable used his knowledge and contacts of arms smuggling guns obtained during the force’s investigations to start working with various gangs, STF officials said.
STF SSP Amit Pathak said constable Veer Vikram had been working with illegal arms suppliers who deal in country-made firearms made in Bihar’s Munger district. He added while no other arrests were made, the STF is aware of the gangs he used to work with.
Vikram, 45, was arrested on Saturday from Laharpur area of Sitapur district, with eight Munger-made pistols in his possession. A native of Sitapur city, Vikram had been part of STF’s investigations into the illegal arms and their supply network for around four years and had even helped in nabbing a few gangs, said Pathak. It was during these probes that he came in contact with illegal arms dealers, the SSP added.
Pathak said the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) had informed the STF about Vikram’s involvement with gangs following which the arrest was made.