Delhi: 40 pistols, made in Bihar & MP, recovered from gunrunner
Forty semi-automatic pistols were recovered from two gunrunners by the Delhi Police Crime Branch. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Madhur Verma said two similar seizures were made before the MCD elections 2017.delhi Updated: May 01, 2017 09:44 IST
As many as 40 semi-automatic pistols made in illegal arms factories of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh were seized by the Delhi Police on Sunday. This is the third such incident this month, since the seizure of 30 sophisticated pistols and carbines on April 22 and 20 guns on April 21.
The recovery was made from the possession of Deepak Kumar Saha, 34, a native of Munger in Bihar and his associate, Sajid of Meerut, UP. Police said Saha is the leader of an interstate arms racket which supplies guns made in illegal factories to criminals in Delhi-NCR, western UP towns and other parts of the country.
Senior crime branch officials said the guns are popular among criminals because their manufacturing standards are high and they are cheaper than legal guns of the same make and caliber. The cost of one such gun could be Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000, said a police officer.
“Saha is running the racket for the past 10 years and has supplied more than 400 sophisticated illegal weapons to hundreds of criminals in Delhi and other states,” said Madhur Verma, deputy commissioner of police (crime branch).
Verma said the members of the gang bring the weapons to Delhi-NCR and UP by train. “Most of their members travel First Class to escape police scrutiny,” said Verma.
Investigations into a series of incidents in Delhi-NCR led the police to probe the source of the guns being used by the criminals. Verma said a team of interstate police officers was organised to hit at the source of supply of these illegal weapons.
“We had been tracking Deepak Saha who supplied firearms to criminals in Delhi-NCR. On Saturday, Saha was caught with Sajid and 40 guns from Anand Vihar railway station in a train coming from Bihar,” said the DCP. He said the consignment was for a notorious gangster based in Delhi.
Saha told the police that he had been running guns since 2006 when he met a Munger-based arms supplier, Guddu. Soon, he evolved into an independent arms supplier with his own list of clients. He also laid a network of his henchmen who would receive and deliver weapons to the buyers.
“The entire sum had to be paid in advance. To escape technical surveillance, the demand for weapons used to be communicated on WhatsApp. Saha used to send pictures of the guns to his client over WhatsApp and once the deal is clinched, the client paid the money in advance and was given the weapons,” an investigator said.
The police are probing if the money is paid through hawala operators, the officer said.