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Three of an interstate firearms syndicate arrested in Delhi

Deputy Commissioner of Police Pramod Singh Kushwaha said in view of the forthcoming MCD elections in Delhi, increased surveillance by the teams of Special Cell was mounted on the firearms suppliers.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

With the arrest of three active members and recovery of 22 illegal pistols from their possession, a team of Special Cell of Delhi Police claimed to have succeeded in busting two interstate illegal firearms syndicates in Delhi.

The accused have been identified as Manmohan Chorasia (32), Jaiprakash Pandey (23), both residents of Datia, Madhya Pradesh (MP), and Abhishek Singh (22) from Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.

During interrogation, the accused revealed that they had sourced the firearms from the Sendhwa and Khargaon districts of MP and supplied them to the criminals of Delhi-NCR, Haryana, Rajasthan and Western UP.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Pramod Singh Kushwaha said in view of the forthcoming MCD elections in Delhi, increased surveillance by the teams of Special Cell was mounted on the firearms suppliers of Madhya Pradesh who were found frequently indulging in sending firearms and ammunition in Delhi in the past.

Constant efforts in this regard succeeded when the teams of Special Cell busted two interstate illegal firearms syndicates by arresting three firearms suppliers.

In one case, a team of Inspector Ranjeet Singh and Inspector Sanjeev Kumar under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Attar Singh has arrested two MP-based firearms suppliers namely Manmohan Chaurasia and Jaiprakash Pandey from a bus stop near Ashram Chowk, New Delhi with 12 illegal pistols.

In another case, a team of Inspector Vivekanand Pathak and Inspector Kuldeep Singh arrested another firearms supplier Abhishek Singh from near Jheel Wala Park, Outer Ring Road, Delhi on November 27 and recovered 10 pistols from his possession.

During their interrogation, all the three arrested firearms suppliers have disclosed that they have supplied over 600 firearms to the criminals in the last 5 years. They used to procure a semi-automatic pistol in Rs 8,000 and a single shot pistol in Rs 3,000, and they further used to sell these firearms at Rs. 25,000 and Rs 6,000 per firearm.

Further investigation in the matter is being carried out.