The 727 live cartridges found by two civic workers at a drainage line leading to Powai Lake were manufactured a year ago, said the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina. Around 250 cartridges were of .32 calibre, while the rest were of .22 calibre.
The police initially suspected that the cartridges might have been collected over the years by someone with a valid gun licence. They suspected that the cartridges were dumped at the lake because they were no longer needed.
The police had sent the bullets to the FSL. An official from the laboratory said, “It seems the bullets were manufactured not more than a year ago.”
“The person purchasing the cartridges has to show a record of how the previous ones were used.” Senior inspector SR Kolekar said, “We have questioned scrap dealers and hawkers but so far we have not been able to come across any leads.”