The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested two persons in Pune for illegally possessing three firearms and live cartridges, an official said on Tuesday. ATS sleuths laid a trap and arrested Pankaj alias Gazni Balasaheb Hinge, 27, and Sanju Deepak Sarsar, 19 in Khadki Bazar area in Pune. “ATS recovered one country-made pistol, two country-made revolvers and five live cartridges worth Rs 1.21 lakhs from the duo,” he added.
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Hinge has a criminal record in Pune and Sarsar is the nephew of fugitive gangster Rakesh Dholakiya alias Mahakali. Mahakali, who was wanted for 14 serious offences, including murder, three attempts to murder, extortion and assaults on police, was killed in encounter by the Pune Police in December 2011.
“The duo’s motive behind carrying the weapons is yet to be ascertained and further investigation is on,” officials said.