A 55-year-old man from Bhind district could be a vital source for the MP police special task force (STF) for making inroads into two villages which house links about several inter-state gunrunning rackets.
Ram Avtar Bhadoria, youngest among four brothers (three elder brothers are employed with the Border Security Force and the army) has dealt in hundreds of pistols and guns manufactured in UP and MP and supplied it to criminals in both the states.
Accused in 10-15 cases, including two attempt-to-murder cases in Agra and Gwalior, Bhadoria was the crucial link between criminals in West UP and a Khargone (MP)-based gunmaker Chhattan Singh who was arrested by the MP STF in May.
Bhadoria, who — along with two criminals of Mainpuri (UP) — was housed in an attempt to murder case in Gohad sub-jail of Bhind was brought to Bhopal on a production warrant by the STF on Wednesday. He was produced before a local court, which remanded him into STF custody till September 21.
Primary grilling has revealed that he had brought 110 semi-automatic guns from Chhattan Singh between 2011 and 2015 and supplied it to criminals in Gwalior and Bhind in MP and adjoining districts in West UP, STF sources told HT.
Bhadoria’s customers not only included criminals and other gunrunners, but also local politicians who sourced guns ahead of elections.
Two villages of MP, UP gunrunning hubs
Bhadoria’s grilling revealed that his native village Manhad in Bhind and Jasmai in Mainpuri are the two hubs which are fuelling gunrunning activities in the two neighbouring states.
While country-made revolvers — priced between Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 — and cartridges are sourced from Jasmai, the semi-automatic pistols sourced from silkigarhs (a community in MP’s Malwa-Nimar region making firearms) for Rs 8,000 each are sourced to MP from gunrunners living in Manhad-Bhind.
Empty magazines, with a capacity to hold 8-10 bullets, are also sourced by Manhad gunrunners from sikligars.
The cartridges sourced from gunrunners of Jasmai (Mainpuri) are loaded in the empty Made in MP magazines and then sold along with semi-automatic pistols to criminals in Gwalior and adjoining UP for Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000.