Two smugglers of sophisticated foreign-made guns were arrested after a gunfight near a public park on Ring Road on Thursday, police said.
Mohammad Rehan Ansari, 42, and his brother Qurban Ansari, 45, used to smuggle the weapons from Pakistan, special cell sleuths said. They were arrested from near Gate number 4 of Indraprashta Park on Ring Road.
Ten pistols, including Walther (German) and Sig Sauer (USA), worth R1 crore, and 157 cartridges were seized from their possession.
Police sources said the Ansari brothers procured German, Russian and USA-made pistols from Pakistan and smuggled them into India via Nepal.
The police had been tracking their movement for the past one month, said sources. “We had information Qurban and Rehan Ansari and their family were involved in smuggling of weapons from Pakistan,” a police source said.
“We had a tip-off that they were going to deliver a consignment to their associates in Delhi. They used internet channels to communicate with their associates in Pakistan,” they said.
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A specific tip-off was received on Wednesday that the Ansaris deliver a consignment of guns to their associates at Indraprashta Park.
A police team reached the spot and spotted them in a SUV. They were waiting for someone near the park when a car slowed down near them.
“When the police rushed to arrest them, they fired at the police. The police returned the fire and arrested the duo,” DCP, Special Cell, PS Kushwaha said.
They told the police that they ran a factory of electric switches and sockets in UP and came in contact with people smuggling weapons from Pakistan two years ago.