Two interstate suppliers of illegal firearms, who provided the pistol used by robbers to kill a security guard in the multi-crore Defence Colony heist, have been arrested by the special cell, police said on Monday.
The arrested arms suppliers have been identified as Mohammad Khalid, a resident of Ghaziabad, and his associate Piruddin aka Piru, a resident of Pilkhuwa in UP. Three illegal sophisticated pistols with 10 live cartridges and three spare magazines were recovered from their possession. One Bajaj Discover motorcycle was also recovered from them, said a senior police officer.
Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, DCP (special cell), said the arrest came following detailed analysis of sources and channels through which recently seized country made weapons were smuggled into Delhi.
"Analysis of the seizure of weapons revealed that Munger is emerging as a major source of high quality countrymade weapons. These high quality weapons are finding its way to criminals in Delhi, NCR and may be to other parts of the country as well," said Yadav adding a team led by Inspector Ishwar Singh apprehended the two firearms supplier.
The team, Yadav said, received information about Khalid's involvement in the supply of firearms and ammunitions in Delhi and NCR. It was also learnt that he was the one from whom the gang of robbers involved in the Defence Colony cash van heist had procured pistols.
Hari Kishan, the mastermind of the heist, now in jail, had procured a pistol from Khalid on September 28.
"On October 17, Khalid was apprehended from near CWG village where he had arrived to deliver a consignment of firearms to his client. His sustained interrogation led to the arrest of his associate Piru from near ISBT, Anand Vihar," said Yadav.
"Khalid took up the work of supplying illegal firearms for easy money. He sold them for R18,000 and made a profit of R2000 on each weapon," he added.