A double-barrel gun recovered from Jawahar Bagh in Mathura after violence on June 2 was found to be that of encroachers’s leader Ram Vriksh Yadav’s close aide Rakesh Babu Gupta who was arrested from Badaun on Friday. The police have sent the gun for forensic test to verify if it was used for firing during the attack on police team.
The Mathura police, investigating the case, came to know about the weapon owned by Gupta after receiving report from Badaun district administration Saturday. The police matched details of the gun recovered from the spot and found it to be the one issued in the name of Rakesh Gupta from Badaun.
Gupta, who was interrogated by Mathura police Saturday, denied having fired from the licenced gun during the violence.
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Additional SP, City, Alok Priyadarshi said, they are searching for Gupta’s licensed revolver too, which is yet to be recovered.
The ASP said the report received from Badaun stated that two arms licenses were issued to Gupta in 2007 when he used to live at Dataganj locality in that district. The report also carried details of the firearms. Gupta along with his family had shifted to a new house in Civil Lines area in Badaun four years ago.
As per the ASP, the report stated that both the licenses issued to Gupta have been cancelled.
Earlier in the day, Gupta was brought to Mathura where police produced him before the court, which sent him to judicial custody.
Gupta allegedly used to arrange funds for the cult outfit led by Ram Vriksh. During questioning, Gupta reportedly told the police that his wife was also living at Jawhar Bagh. Police are also trying to trace Gupta’s cellphone, which he claims to have lost in the park during the violence.
Twenty-nine people, including then SP (City) Mukul Dwivedi and Station House Officer (Farah) Santosh Yadav, were killed in the violence on June 2. The police had recovered 47 country-made pistols, six rifles and several cartridges from the spot.