A huge haul of illegal ammunition was recovered from three weapon suppliers ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Delhi. The ammunition was recovered by the special cell of Delhi Police’s anti-terror squad from near the Welcome Metro Station on January 14, police said.
The recovery of 1,020 live cartridges, including 100 cartridges of prohibited 9mm has raised security concerns, even though the top brass of Delhi Police denied any terror link. They, however, did not rule out the possibility that the cartridges were being supplied to disturb law and order during the Delhi assembly elections on February 7.
“The interrogation of the three arrested men has not revealed any terror angle but we are not taking matters lightly,” said a senior special cell officer.
“There is a strong possibility that the seized ammunition was being supplied to some Delhi-based criminals to disturb Delhi’s law and order during the elections,” he added.
SN Shrivastava, special commissioner of police (special cell), said the arrested men are members of an inter-state gang indulging in illegal arms and ammunition trade. “The gang procured ammunition from Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district and sold them to criminal elements in Delhi and NCR,” said Shrivastava.
Following a specific input, Mohammad Sharik and Faheem Miya were arrested near the metro station with 920 live cartridges in a Maruti Eeco car. They revealed that they procured the ammunition from Imran, who was arrested the next day from Sitapur with 100 illegal ammunitions.
“Faheem is a member of the Peace Party which became the fifth largest political party in Uttar Pradesh after the 2012 assembly elections. It won four seats,” said a senior officer. While Sharik has been named in 11 cases of murder, robbery, attempt to murder and UP Gangsters (Control) Act, Faheem figures in 16 cases of murder, attempt to murder, Arms Act and robberies, the officer added.