The district police, on Monday, claimed to have seized six more imported weapons during raids conducted in the state and neighboring states following the questioning of the arrested members of an international gang of smugglers of imported weapons.
"The district police have recovered six more weapons by conducting raids in Punjab and neighboring states after the investigation of arrested smugglers. The recovered weapons included three pistols of Tomcat and three of Walther make. Each weapon costs between `20 to `30 lakh," claimed Sukhdev Singh Kahlon, senior superintendent of police (SSP) while addressing the media here.
The police estimated the cost of the weapons recovered at about `2 crore.
So far, the police have claimed to have recovered 14 imported weapons, including the six recovered on Monday, worth about `4 crore and have arrested five people for the allege sale and purchase of imported weapons.
Gursher Singh, an alleged member of the gang, a resident of Chndigarh, who was arrested by the Faridkot police on Saturday night with a red beacon atop his BMW, is reportedly the son-in-law of a retired IAS officer. The police also claimed to have seized a .32 bore revolver from his possession besides `10 lakh in cash when he was arrested.
Gursher's brother Gurtej Singh is already an accused in the case registered by the district police on October 18 against 12 people accused of selling imported arms and faking their bills. Gurtej is yet to be arrested.
The police said that the gang was involved in the smuggling of imported weapons and was operating in the neighbouring states as well. The police have allegedly conducted raids in the neighboring states as Rajasthan and Haryana as well.
The police said it was also seeking the help of the police of neighbouring states to bust the gang.
However, the police did not disclose the names of those from whom the weapons have been recovered. About any action being taken against the purchaser, the police said that they were verifying the facts whether the weapon was purchased as genuine by the buyer or there was something fishy in the purchasedeal.
According to the police, the accused used to sell the imported weapons at much higher prices, earning a profit of about `10 to 12 lakh per weapon, to the rich people by preparing bills and other documents of the illegal weapons to pass them as genuine. They also sold the weapons to gangsters as well.
"Further investigation is going on and the police are trying to arrest the other members of the gang after which more recoveries of weapons are possible," the SSP said.