Gunrunners from Munger held in Delhi with 35 illegal pistols, 69 magazines
Those arrested men were Mohammad Manouar, 26, and Mohammad Shahid Alam, both from Bihar’s Munger, which is known for manufacture and supply of illegal firearms for years.Updated: Jul 27, 2017 23:22 IST
Two interstate dealers and suppliers of firearms were arrested on Tuesday by the Delhi Police special cell with a cache of illegal consignment meant for criminals in the Capital and its adjoining states.
A total of 35 high quality semi-automatic pistols, 69 magazines, and four cartridges were recovered from their possession.
Police said the two were caught after a brief gunbattle. A round fired by one of them hit the bulletproof jacket worn by head constable Ajay, who escaped unhurt.
Those arrested men were Mohammad Manouar, 26, and Mohammad Shahid Alam, both from Bihar’s Munger, which is known for manufacture and supply of illegal firearms for years.
Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (special cell), said they got information about a Munger-based syndicate of criminals involved in illegal manufacture and supply of firearms to various states.
The police then learnt about Mohammad Manouar who was active in the illegal trade.
“We gathered inputs about him and his syndicate and learnt that he along with his aide would be in Delhi to deliver a consignment of sophisticated countrymade pistols and magazines,” said Yadav.
On Tuesday, the team was tipped off about Manouar’s presence on the Azadpur-Mukundpur road to deliver a consignment. A trap was laid and he was found with his associate. When the duo started to move, the raiding team asked them to surrender.
Manouar whipped out a pistol and started running. He fired a bullet that hit head constable Ajay’s bullet-proof jacket.
Before he could fire again, the other policemen overpowered him and snatched his pistol. His associate, Shahid Alam, was caught with a backpack that contained 34 countrymade pistols and 68 magazines.
During interrogation, Manouar said he was into the trade for the past three years. He worked on the instructions of one Sonu, a gunrunner who operates from Malda in West Bengal and Munger in Bihar.
“Sonu has supplied more than 600 firearms to criminals in Delhi-NCR and western Uttar Pradesh,” said Yadav. .
First Published: Jul 27, 2017 23:21 IST