The gun-makers of Sikligar community in Madhya Pradesh protect their trade from plainclothes officers by using code words as captcha and female family members as verification tools, revealed a gun-maker to police.
The tricks employed by gunmakers to out policemen posing as buyers were spilled during interrogation of two arms dealers — Chattan Singh, a Sikligar from Khargone, and Aligarh-based gunrunner Robin Singh — arrested by the state police’s special task force recently.
The Sikligars are a community in Malwa-Nimar region who have mastered gun-making.
Business relations between a gun-maker and their prospective customers, mostly from Uttar Pradesh, begin with a booze party topped with non-vegetarian dinner at the Sikligar’s house.
A middleman facilitating the arms deal also attends the dinner. The Sikligar then introduces female members of his family to the customer.
“Whenever there is a telephonic conversation between the two parties over the phone to negotiate the deal, the customers ask the Sikligar to make all the identified female members of their family talk to them with pre-decided code words. It is to be sure that the call is not made by the police through the middleman,” said an STF officer.
“Once the customer is assured about the deal being safe, he asks the Sikligar to send pictures of different types of firearms on offer over WhatsApp,” said the officer.
“While the word danda — which normally denotes a stick — is used as a code word for pistols, revolvers and carbines, the word Daanaa is used as a code word for loaded magazines,” the officer added.
“Once the deal is finalised over WhatsApp, the customer credits money into the Sikligar’s bank account followed by the delivery of arms near bus stations or railway stations in MP or UP by trusted tribal couriers.