A team of the UP anti-terrorist squad (ATS) landed at Attari railway station in Punjab on Saturday to grill the six people nabbed by Customs officials for smuggling pistols and ammunition. Those arrested are residents of Muzaffarnagar district, which was engulfed in communal violence last September.
A police officer said the ATS also launched a hunt for two persons native of Kairana town to whom the pistols and ammunition was to be delivered. Acting on a tip-off, the Customs team arrested six people at Attari station on Thursday while they were returning from Pakistan on the Samjhauta Express. Eleven pistols and 20 magazines packed with ammunition were recovered from them.
Since those arrested belong to Muzaffarnagar, the matter has turned sensitive. The Intelligence Bureau has already sounded an alert that the Pakistan intelligence agency, ISI, was trying to recruit the youths who have taken shelter in relief camps as its agent. Those arrested visited Pakistan to meet their relatives and were used as courier by the ISI to transport the consignment of weapon across the border.
The weapon was concealed in the base of the meat grinder.