Slain gangster Sohrabuddin’s brother held with illegal arms in Ratlam

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2015 00:11 IST

Police on Monday arrested slain gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s younger brother Shahnawazuddin and five others with arms and ammunition in Ratlam district.

Ratlam superintendent of police Avinash Sharma said police recovered three rifles, one pistol and 41 cartridges from them at Dharad village under Bilpank police station in the district. One tractor and one jeep were also seized by the police.

"Police registered a case against them for criminal trespass, fraud, rioting and possessing illegal weapon," Sharma said.

Out of the seized arms, the licences of two rifles had already expired in 2013, while two weapons were without licences, he said. The officer added that at time of arrest, all the six accused were trying to threaten one widow, Khatun Bee, in a bid to grab her land.

Sohrabuddin was killed in an alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat police in 2005, and the incident had hit national headlines. In 1995, Shahnawazuddin and his elder brother Sohrabuddin had been booked for possessing 40 AK-47 assault rifles. The arms were recovered from their house in Jhirnia village of Ujjain district.

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