In a joint operation, the Punjab police and the army on Wednesday nabbed a person allegedly involved in the sale and purchase of bulletproof jackets and caps used mainly by the army and terrorists.
The accused was reportedly buying these materials from a scrap dealer in Udhampur, from where the joint team arrested him.
Confirming the arrest, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Manoj Kumar told HT that Gaurav Mahajan of Indira Colony in Pathankot, who runs a scrap shop and a shop of readymade clothes at Railway Road, was under police radar after a tip-off.
We had been informed that he was selling some bulletproof items, including jackets and hats, he added.
As the matter was very serious, we laid a trap and one of our cops asked him to arrange some bulletproof jackets and caps for which Mahajan demanded a heavy amount and we agreed, said the DSP.
On Wednesday, the shopkeeper was approached and held soon after he delivered the items, including bulletproof plates ready to be fitted in the jackets and caps along with a magazine.
When we quizzed him, he admitted that he was selling these articles to army jawans, who somehow lost these articles and not to some anti-social elements, said the DSP.
He also named some Singh from Udhampur, whose full name he did not tell us claiming that he knew only this, he said.
“The court has granted us one-day remand of the accused, who will be grilled further,” said the DSP, adding that they have dispatched their teams to arrest the Udhampur-based person.
Several shops on Railway Road can be seen openly selling army dresses and material both to army personnel and civilians without inquiring into their identity and motto.