The Kurla Railway Police have arrested a 38-year-old man for allegedly trying to smuggle a pistol and two loaded magazines wrapped in carbon paper in order to prevent it from being detected by the metal detectors at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT). The police have found photographs of known terrorist figures in his cellphone, and are now conducting in-depth inquiries into his background and antecedents.
According to the Kurla Railway Police, the accused has been identified as Faiyaz Khan (38), a resident of the JJ Marg area in Mumbai. The police said that he was waiting for the Khushinagar Express on platform 2-3 of the LTT when he was approached by three patrolling constables at around 10 pm on Sunday.
“A search of Khan’s rexin bag revealed a packet of chocolates. As it seemed to be heavier than usual, it was opened, and was found to contain the arsenal wrapped in a sheet of carbon paper, bound with cellotape. The carbon paper helps mask metal items from metal detectors. There was one pistol, loaded with a magazine containing eight rounds, as well as a second magazine loaded with eight rounds wrapped in the carbon paper,” said senior police inspector Vijay Dhopavkar, Kurla railway police.
The police said that Khan tried to push the constables and flee after the gun was found, but was chased and caught near the exit of the station before he could make his escape.
Dhopavkar said that the gun, which is smaller than the palm of the human hand, appears to be a sophisticated one but is not foreign-made.
It has been sent to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Kalina for further examination.
“On searching him further, we found five fixed deposit receipts worth Rs one lakh each, Rs 24,000 in cash and several ATM cards. His phone contained photographs of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, Osama Bin Laden and Ajmal Amir Qasab, as well as some literature in Urdu.
We have notified the state Anti Terrorism Squad as well as central intelligence agencies about this,” said Dhopavkar.
Khan, in his interrogation, has claimed that he was on his way to Basti district in Uttar Pradesh to kill someone, and the police are verifying these claims.
Police probe murder of 19-year-old
The Pant Nagar police in Ghatkopar have initiated investigations into the murder of a 19-year-old man, whose body was found in Ghatkopar on Tuesday.
According to police, the deceased has been identified as Dipesh Mehta (19), a resident of the Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Ghatkopar (East), where he used to stay with his mother.
“Mehta was working with a garment store in Navi Mumbai. His mother registered a missing person’s complaint with us on November 15, and said in her complaint that he left for work, but never returned, and added that he was not in the habit of spending time with his friends after work,” said an officer.
On Tuesday morning, the police received a call informing them about a dead body near building number 10 of the Police Colony in Ghatkopar. “There had been attempts to burn the body and the head had been smashed. We identified Mehta based on a tattoo on his hand,” said the officer.
The police have registered a complaint of murder and destruction of evidence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unknown persons. and have initiated inquiries into the matter.