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Crime branch officials  seize 11 pistols, 17 cartridges; 4 held

The seizures were done during a roundup ahead of assembly polls on Monday. The four men were arrested in different incidents

cities Updated: Oct 21, 2019 16:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
The Pune police crime branch seized eleven pistols and seventeen live cartridges and arrested four men on Saturday.
The Pune police crime branch seized eleven pistols and seventeen live cartridges and arrested four men on Saturday.(REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
         

The Pune police crime branch seized eleven pistols and seventeen live cartridges and arrested four men on Saturday. The seizures were done during a roundup ahead of assembly polls on Monday. The four men were arrested in different incidents.

The arrested men have been identified as Pradip Gaikwad (22), a resident of Ahmednagar; Sadik Javed Shaikh (29), a resident of Mithanagar, Kondhwa; Manoj Dhotre and Mohsin alias Moba Shaikh, both residents of Yerawada.

Gaikwad was found by unit 2 of crime branch near Navale bridge in Katraj. Police naik Yashwant Khandare of unit 2 had received information that a person was coming to sell weapons near a granite store and set a trap accordingly.

A case under Sections 3(25) and 5(25) of Arms Act was registered against Gaikwad at the Bharati Vidyapeeth police station.

Shaikh, who has a history of criminal cases, landed on police radar during police patrolling by unit-3 of crime branch. He was found with a pistol and three cartridges at Girija chowk in Erandwane.

A case under Section 3(25) of Arms Act and Sections 37(1) along with 135 of Maharashtra Police Act was registered at Alankar police station.

Unit 2 officials also arrested Dhotre, Mohsin, with five pistols and nine live cartridges.

In the run-up to the election, the Pune police have so far seized 49 weapons and received a deposit of 420 licensed weapons.