A YOUTH from Maharashtra has been arrested with two pistols he had come to sell in Indore. Following a tip-off, the Crime Branch and Tukoganj police arrested his on Monday morning while he was alighting from a bus. The accused has been identified as one Lalchand (23), son of Nahar Singh More, a resident of Ambawada, Maharashtra.
The pistols had a ‘Made in Japan’ label on them but the police said that they were not foreign made pistols. They had been made by Satpal Maharaj, a notorious gun maker, who plies his trade from Pachori village, Burhanpur. A police party has been sent to Burhanpur to arrest the accused.
During questioning, the accused told the police that he had come to sell the two pistols to one Chandu Yadav for Rs 40,000 and also a mobile phone. He said that the customer was supposed to come to meet him on the bus itself.
The accused also told police that he had purchased four pistols from Satpal for Rs 40,000 and was on his way to make a 100 per cent profit. He said that earlier also he had struck a deal to sell two other pistols for Rs 40,000 to a person in Bina, but had been caught by the police. However, he that time he had managed to escape while being taken for a court hearing for which a constable was suspended.
The Sagar police are still looking for the accused. He had been introduced to Satpal by one of his friends Bablu who lured him to the trade of gun running.
He told police that it was very difficult to reach Satpal Maharaj’s illegal factory, which he ran in the village with his two wives and family. Pachori village is in the interior of Burhanpur and one has to travel around 25 km along a dirt track and cross a river to reach the destination.
It is not as if the police are not aware of Satpal’s activities; sometime back the Maharashtra police had raided his den and recovered 50 guns.
Police have said that the arrested youth is unemployed and is one of the many gunrunners employed by Satpal to sell guns in various places in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.