Police seized 36 illegal firearms and arrested a suspected gunrunner from a bus stand in Datia on Friday.
The seized weapons, including 18 country-made .315 bore pistols, five .32 bore pistols, a 12 bore gun and a .315 rifle and two cartridges. Inspector General Umesh Joga had ordered a drive to seize illegal weapons following which 55 weapons were seized so far.
“On a tip-off about the supply of illegal weapons in the district, additional superintendent of police Jaiveer Singh arrested Govind Yadav alias Gabbar from the Sengwa bus stand in Datia,” superintendent of police Irshad Wali told HT. “This is a very important development. Yadav could be an important link to burst the gang which supplies weapons in the region. We came to know that illegal weapons are being used in many criminal activities.”
Yadav told his interrogators that illegal weapons were brought from Sikligars (blacksmiths renowned for their weapon making craft) of Khargone and Khandwa. The brass pistols - supplied from Aligarh of Uttar Pradesh - are being sold in Gwalior, Chambal region, Jhansi, Etawa, Agra and Orai, police said.