The Patiala police on Wednesday arrested two arms suppliers at Shambhu border and recovered four country made pistols and four live cartridges from their possession.
The accused have been identified as Sandeep Singh alias Raja and Naterpal alias Khanda, both natives of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said both the accused supplied arms in Punjab and were into the crime of delivering the country made weapons in the state since the past couple of months. “The police arrested them at the Shambhu border with the weapons,” he said, adding, that during the interrogation they revealed that this consignment was to be delivered in Jalandhar as per the demand.
The SSP said during the interrogation, the accused revealed names of few Jalandhar-based gangsters to whom they used to supply the weapons. He added that the accused confessed that they had bought these country made weapons for Rs 6,000 each and would have sold it for Rs 10,000 each.
Chauhan said the accused revealed the name of Amarpeter, a resident of village Udhowal in Jalandhar, who was to receive the weapons from them this time. He added that the police had procured the details of Amarpeter from the Jalandhar police, from where it had came to fore that he was a habitual offender and was declared proclaimed offender in several cases.
Chauhan said the accused told the police that prior to this delivery, they had supplied weapons to Rashpal Singh of Phagwara, Ranjit Sonu of Jalandhar and Lalli, a native of Khalwara village in Jalandhar. The SSP added that Sonu was behind bars as he was facing the trail in multiple cases, whereas the police are procuring the details of other accused from the Jalandhar police.
While revealing the recent delivery, the accused told the police that on February 6, they had delivered a pistol along with six cartridges to Amarpeter. They used to buy weapons from Uttarakhand and further sell it in Punjab with a profit margin.
Chauhan said the police were investigating regarding the further link of the weapons supply chain and ensured that the kingpin of weapons supply would be nabbed soon.