The Amritsar police is faced with a major challenge of stopping the illegal inflow of country-made firearms in the city. Recently, it had been observed that snatchers and robbers have been using such weapons in incidents of loot.
Even if only the Amritsar Police Commissionerate (within the municipal corporation limit) is considered, the police have seized 60 small firearms including 53 pistols/mousers, 4 revolvers and a couple of guns, over the past 8 months.
The majority of the seized weapons are country-made and have been been arranged by the accused, either from Uttar Pradesh or Bihar at relatively cheaper rates.
Over the past year, numerous incidents of snatching and robberies have been reported to the city police. In a couple of incidents, snatchers have even opened fire, leading to bullet injuries to two people. Despite the police's best efforts, there has been little progress in blocking the route of these weapons.
Talking to HT, ADCP (crime) Harjit Singh Brar said, "The seizure of firearms made by us mostly consists of country-made weapons and are arranged by the accused either from Bihar or UP at low rates."
Those nabbed usually report that the weapons were made available to them through migrant contracts.
"The accused tell us that country-made weapons are delivered to them at the railway station. No other information is received," said ADCP Brar. "Certainly, this is a dangerous trend. Illegal weapons are never good for society. Our efforts are on and we are very serious on the issue," he added.
The CIA staff has seized about 16 pistols and nineteen 12 bore pistols. ACP (Crime) Sukhwinder Singh claimed that weapons were seized mostly from gang of snatchers or robbers and all were country-made.
Notably, the police is yet to crack down on two incidents, wherein snatchers had opened fire and injured two persons after a snatching in Amritsar.
The police has also not been able to identify the source of the pistol in a snatching incident in Gurdaspur. In this instance, the robber had shot at himself during a recent chase.
Recent cases of firearm use
July 14: A snatcher injured a resident in Naraingarh.
July 18: A boy received a bullet injury in the leg after he chased snatchers near Guru Amar Dass Avenue
September 10: A snatcher being chased in Gurdaspur shoots himself