A notorious weapons dealer, wanted in connection with supplying firearms to militant outfit Tehreek Galba-e-Islam's founder Viqaruddin Ahmed, was arrested along with two others for the illegal inter-state racket, police said.
Arms dealer Vinod Kumar Sahu, a native of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, was apprehended along with N Murali of Krishna district and G Ganesh of West Godavari district, Police Commissioner A K Khan told reporters.
The duo had arrived here to buy weapons from Bowenpally.
Police seized two firearms and six live rounds from the arrested, he said.
Sahu, who was earlier lodged in Musheerabad jail here, had developed friendship with rowdy sheeters, Khan said, adding that the UP native after his release in 2001 supplied weapons from Jhansi to some city-based criminals.
In 2003, Omer Shameem of Hyderabad along with Imran and Viqaruddin approached Sahu and procured a country-made 'tamancha' (pistol) and 20 live rounds, he said.
The weapon was used by Viqaruddin in the robbery at Santoshnagar e-Seva centre in the same year.
Viqaruddin alias Viqar, who allegedly killed two policemen and injured as many in Hyderabad besides killing a constable in Ahmedabad in 2007, was arrested along with six of his associates in July this year.
The trio are presently under judicial custody.