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Ruse sharp-shooters use to confuse cops

CONTRACT KILLERS have a strange choice in guns that breathe death. The ?deadly? firearms are the .30 and .9 mm pistols yet, these are not the most popular choices for contract killers when ?on the job?. Possibly, it?s a strategic way to confuse the police. Sharp-shooters have relied on these semi-automatic pistols in attacks on city biggies like builder-contractor Rajesh Agarwal, Jail Superintendent RK Tiwari, La Martiniere College physical instructor Frederick Gomes etc.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 00:20 IST

CONTRACT KILLERS have a strange choice in guns that breathe death. The ‘deadly’ firearms are the .30 and .9 mm pistols yet, these are not the most popular choices for contract killers when ‘on the job’.

Possibly, it’s a strategic way to confuse the police.

Sharp-shooters have relied on these semi-automatic pistols in attacks on city biggies like builder-contractor Rajesh Agarwal, Jail Superintendent RK Tiwari, La Martiniere College physical instructor Frederick Gomes etc. But contract killers have puzzled the cops by using factory-made lethal cartridges fired from a country-made firearm in the murders of the two Health Directorate directors— Bachchi Lal and RS Sharma.

Though both the killings were high profile and had baffled the State Government too, the use of country-made arms and ammunition left the police groping in the dark.

The forensic examination of the shell had then revealed that the cartridge was known as ‘garrab’ among ammunition experts and the underworld. This cartridge was assembled manually using a small-size iron bar besides other explosive material. The experts said that this cartridge is lethal to such an extent that it ensures the death of an elephant by a single bullet!

Significantly, only a single bullet was used in the separate killings of Sharma and Bachchilal.

A Senior Special Task Force (STF) official says it was gangster Shri Prakash Shukla who had made use of semi-automatic firearms frequently. Nobody else except Shri Prakash had used A-K series rifle so frequently in a couple of shootouts in the city.

The .9 and .30 bore pistols are easily available ever since India’s biggest illegal firearms factory in Munger district of Bihar started assembling these lethal firearms. Contract-killers get these firearms easily from Bihar for a small price and hence, the use of such pistols has become common in shootouts in the city.

On the contrary, getting ‘garrab’ cartridges is more difficult even though ‘seniors’ in the contract-killing trade prefer them. Since there are very few experts assembling ‘garrab’ in the ‘market’, sharp-shooters have no option but to rely on semi-automatic pistols.

Some contract killers have told police in the past that these pistols are not very reliable and can stop functioning any time.

The pistol has always had a peculiar mechanical flaw that may cause the cartridge to get stuck anytime inside the chamber during its use. But, of course, the use of pistols in a shootout, immediately shows that a big gang is involved. Guess, the underworld knows how to duck.

First Published: Jun 18, 2006 00:20 IST