In the past 11 months, the Mumbai police have seized 255 guns and revolvers that were brought into the city mainly from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jhakhand and Madhya Pradesh. Last year, 157 weapons were seized.
The rise in seizures, made mostly by the Mumbai crime branch, is being attributed to a stricter crackdown against both suppliers and those who deliver the weapons, which are believed to be manufactured in factories operating out of remote villages in the four states.
In the latest such case, two men from UP were caught on November 26 with a country-made revolver and six live cartridges. They were caught at Dahisar (West), after the MHB Colony police got a tip-off. During interrogation, the duo said they had come to the city to sell the firearms. The police are trying to find out where the revolver was made and who was going to buy it.
While the crime branch began its crackdown following an incident of firing outside film producer Karim Morani’s house and reports of Bollywood personalities receiving threat calls, it has not made any breakthrough about who the manufacturers are. “This is primarily because the crime branch has not been able to track down the factories in other states,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
This year, 300 people possessing weapons have been arrested – a rise compared with 2013, when 213 people were arrested and booked under sections of arms act. The police seized 715 live cartridges.
The crime branch has seized 107 weapons this year, while the Mumbai police made 36 seizures from the north of the city (Malad, Kandivli, Borivli and Dahisar); 29 each from the west and east regions, 28 from central Mumbai and 26 from south Mumbai.