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Duo caught with foreign-made guns

delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2016 11:45 IST

NEW DELHI: Three sophisticated firearms, including a Brazilian-made Taurus pistol equipped with laser lights and another pistol used exclusively by the US army, have been recovered from two alleged interstate gangsters involved in a series of murders and extortions in Haryana and Delhi, police said on Wednesday.

The gangsters were arrested on Saturday by a crime branch team from Khera Khurd village in outer Delhi. The criminals allegedly fired at the cops but they managed to dodge the bullets and over power the attackers.

Gyanender alias Gadgu and Rajeev Dahiya alias Raju are members of the Kartar Mandot hi gang which is fighting a bloody battle with the Sunda Pehalwan/Himmat gang for over 30 years.

More than 50 members of these gangs have been killed during this period.

The last time the gangs were in the news when Gadgu killed four people in 2011. A cash reward of Rs 1 lakh was announced on Gadgu’s arrest by the Haryana Police. Raju, an alleged proclaimed offender, is also a parole jumper. He was last arrested in connection with murder cases in Delhi.

Gadgu and Dahiya were arrested on June 4 following information that they were trying to take shelter in Delhi, Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police (crime branch) said. “Head constable Satish received information that the two will pass through Bawana canal in Khera Khurd village in a white Verna. A trap was laid,” said Yadav.

The police team spotted the Verna car and blocked the way. The driver tried to reverse the vehicle but was blocked by another team.

The two occupants got down from the car with weapons in their hands.

Gadgu fired at head constable Satish who narrowly escaped and overpowered him. Raju fired a bullet at constable Sonu but was overpowered as well, said the joint CP.

“A Taurus pistol fitted with laser lights, one pistol used by the US army, and a carbine along with 66 cartridges were recovered. The cartridges include foreign-made hollow point bullets,” Yadav said.

The Taurus pistol costs anywhere between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 40 lakh and is not sold in India.

The police are trying to find the source of the weapons. “The two are misleading us. We are questioning some more people,” said Yadav.

Police suspect the guns and cartridges could have been smuggled from Pakistan by militants.

First Published: Jun 09, 2016 11:45 IST