Two civic cleaners found 727 live cartridges on Monday morning, while they were working on a drainage line leading to Powai lake.
Around 250 cartridges are of .32 calibre, while the rest are of .22 calibre, said the Powai police, who have registered a case against unidentified accused for disposing ammunition in a public place.
“Around 7.30am, two Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) workers found some bullets in a bag hanging from gate number 2 of Powai lake,” said police inspector Mahavir Tiwatane from Powai police station.
“A little later, they found another lot of cartridges submerged in the water, and immediately informed us,” Tiwatane added.
The bullets have a KF mark, which means they were made at the Kashipur Ordnance Factory in West Bengal.
They have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina for testing.
“The bullets are not of a prohibited calibre and can be purchased by civilians if they have the required firearm
licence,” said assistant commissioner of police (Sakinaka division) KS Chaudhari.
“This means anyone meeting the above requirements could have disposed it of,” Chaudhari added.
DCP (zone 10) Suhas Warke said that the police did not have leads in the case yet. No CCTV cameras have been installed on the promenade of the lake.
Hence the police plan to question locals in the area to see if they saw anyone go in the direction where the bag of bullets was found.
“The FSL would be able to confirm how many cartridges of what calibre have been recovered,” Warke added.