In a case which could land many high-profile people, including politicians, in trouble, police have come across information that illegal weapons were sold in Punjab.
Punjab police found that firearms made in illegal factories in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were sold in the state after engraving them with emblems of renowned armament factories.
A former Intelligence Bureau official's son, two close aides of an MLA and some high-profile bureaucrats are believed to be among those who got these arms from Vineet Dabra, a resident of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.
"We can't disclose much at this stage, as the investigation is still on. But we have registered a case. It seems illegal weapons are being sold in Punjab and some of these have been bought duly on the basis of official arms licences," said SSP Gurpeet Singh Gill. He, however, refused to disclose the names of the purchasers.
"We are verifying the list of people who purchased guns from a particular gun house. Some of these weapons might be illegal. We will disclose identities after thorough verification," he said.
Sources said police investigations were pointing to a major racket in which some high-profile people were also involved.
"So far, nearly 10 illegal weapons have been traced. The police on Saturday raided the residence of a former IB official in Ferozepur, where an Akali MLA forced the police to free the detained persons. He was in possession of the weapon purchased from Dabra," said a source.
During its probe, the police have also seized the purchase bills issued by a Rajpura- based gun house.
Incidentally, the police had busted a similar racket last year in which illegal weapons were supplied to terror groups.
The police have registered a case under the Arms Act at Sadar police station, Rajpura.