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Arms supplier caught in Mumbai

mumbai Updated: Oct 19, 2009 13:34 IST

A Gujarat-based firearms supplier was arrested from Mumbai Central area in south Mumbai for allegedly possessing sophisticated pistols and cartridges meant to be delivered in the city, police said on Monday.

The supplier brought the firearms in a bag from Mansor in Madhya Pradesh to deliver them to a group in Mumbai, they said adding the weapons were supposed to be delivered during the election period.

Acting on a tip off, police laid a trap near Maratha Mandir theatre at Mumbai Central area when the accused identified as Sultan Sattar Mirashi(19) arrived there last night carrying firearms, Joint Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said.

"Four 0.32 made pistols, 25 cartridges and one spare magazine was recovered from Mirashi, who hailed from Vadodara. He has been working for one Shaikh Saab, who is a main supplier, for the last two years," Maria said.

We received an information that the weapons would be delivered last week, Maria said adding that since then we were awaiting for the supplier and when he came last night, he was nabbed.

Besides visiting the city on several occasions, the accused, who had theft cases against him lodged in 2007 and 2008 in Vadodara, had also delivered weapons in other states earlier, Maria said.

Mirashi, who is a tailor by profession, was remanded to police custody till October 21.