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Two held for smuggling illegal arms

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  AMRITSAR, February 19, 2014
First Published: 21:27 IST(19/2/2014) | Last Updated: 22:37 IST(19/2/2014)

In a breakthrough, the Amritsar police have busted a gang by arresting its two members who bought illegal weapons from states like Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand and planned to sell these to petty criminals in Punjab.

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The accused arrested by the police have been identified as Gurjant Singh and Randeep Singh. Police also sought production warrants of their third associate, Gursahib Singh, who was already in jail in connection with another case.

The police recovered three 32 bore pistols, one revolver, one country-made pistol and six cartridges from the three accused.

Addressing a press conference, Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said, "The CIA team of the Amritsar police got the breakthrough when it arrested two accused Gurjant Singh and Randeep Singh. Four pistols were recovered from them. Both the accused were also wanted in an old case."

During their interogation, the accused named another person, Gursahib Singh, who was already in jail in connection with another case. The latter was brought on a production warrant and one revolver was recovered after his questioning, Commissioner Aulakh said.

Giving further details, he said, "After thorough questioning of the three accused, it was found that they bought small weapons at rate of `30,000 each from UP or Jharkhand and planned to sell these in Punjab to petty criminals."

The police commissioner claimed that efforts were on to make contact with UP police to trace the other accused involved in this racket.

He claimed that the revolver recovered from Gursahib Singh belonged to a head constable, who had lost it sometime ago.

To a question, Aulakh said, "The accused were making profit between `5000 to `10,000 on each weapon bought from other states by selling these to local criminals."

"Since the Lok Sabha elections are around the corner, we are very careful and keeping a close watch on anti-social elements," he added.

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