The Government Railway Police (GRP) claimed to have arrested four persons from different railway stations in the past three days and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, inspector general (IG), GRP, Rohit Chaudhary claim that the men confessed to have aimed at disturbing the atmosphere during the festive season.
He said two 9mm pistols and 10 live cartridges were recovered from Ludhiana railway station on October 24 during checking of the luggage of passengers around 5.30pm. The unidentified accused passenger managed to flee, and teams have been formed to nab him with the help of CCTV camera footage.
The same day, during checking of passengers in Dadar Express at the Amritsar railway station, Amardeep Singh, a resident of district Bhind in Madhya Pradesh, was arrested and two 9mm pistols were recovered from his possession. "We have also recovered a driving licence issued in Manila, capital of the Philippines, from him," the IG said.
Meanwhile, four persons have been arrested from Bathinda with four illegal arms. They have been identified as Suresh Kumar, Rakesh Kumar and Abhay Naresh, all residents of Uttar Pradesh.
The IG said security at railway stations had been beefed in the wake of the festive season. "Around 3,000 cops have been deployed at railway stations, as we have clear instructions from director general of police Sumedh Singh Saini to ensure proper security," said Chaudhary.
Six policemen were given promotions, while 23 got appreciation letters for the arms haul and arrests.