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Arms dealer in police net

india Updated: Sep 13, 2006 01:26 IST

Jagat, a native of MP village, reveals that all families of his village are engaged in manufacturing illicit weapons

EVER HEARD of a village which solely deals in illicit arms. If not then read on.

The crime branch sleuths of the Lucknow police on Tuesday arrested arms dealer Sardar Jagat Singh, said to have expertise in assembling state-of-the-art weapons in no time. During interrogation, Jagat, a native of Singhana village in Manawar police circle of Dhar district in MP, revealed that all families of his village were engaged in the same profession — manufacturing illicit weapons —for several decades. He himself had assembled the first pistol when he was 16-year-old, he said with a sense of air. A pistol from the Singh stable came for Rs 10,000 and a revolver for Rs 5,000. 

Singh confessed to have links with leading politicians, student leaders and underworld gangs in Uttar Pradesh.  Jagat accepted before senior cops that he had been arrested thrice before and had no immediate plans to say farewell to arms.  A crime branch team led by SP (Crime) Dinesh Chandra Dubey arrested Jagat while he was handing over a consignment in Naka here to a Sultanpur-based dealer Jamuna Mishra, a block development committee (BDC) member.

The consignment consisted of two .32 bore revolvers, a .9 mm pistol, a .315 bore ordinary pistol and cartridges.

Jagat further revealed that arms’ dealers from various states visited his village frequently. While an ordinary pistol is assembled in two days, .9 mm or .30 mm pistols and revolvers of .38 and .32 bores took five days to be delivered, Jagat said.

He further revealed he was providing weapons to politicians of leading parties, student leaders and underworld gang members in Faizabad, Sultanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow and Shehjahanpur.  On the other hand, BDC member Jamuna Mishra revealed he was engaged in the gunrunning racket for over three years. He confessed to have sold weapons to student leaders and criminals in Sultanpur and adjacent districts. He also revealed that a Lucknow University student leader introduced him to Jagat.

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