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Nashik arms haul: Accused had trained teenage boys in Mumbai to deliver arms, say cops

Boys between 13 and 15 years were used when a single weapon had to be delivered within the city, two of the accused from Sewri told officials

mumbai Updated: Dec 19, 2017 15:01 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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The Nashik rural police seized 25 rifles, one machine gun, 19 revolvers and 4,166 live cartridges on December 15.(HT Photo)

Two of the accused arrested in the Nashik arms haul case have told police officials that they would train teenage boys and get them to deliver weapons to buyers in Mumbai.

Last Friday, the Nashik rural police seized a large quantity of arms, including 25 rifles, one machine gun, 19 revolvers and 4,166 live cartridges, near Chandwad toll naka on Agra-Mumbai highway.

An official, who did not wish to be named, said that two of the four held — Badudin Juman Badshah, alias Sumit alias Suka, 27, and Amir Rashid Shaikh, 26 — had been getting boys between 13 and 15 years of age from their locality to deliver weapons to buyers.

The boys were used in case of local deliveries, wherein a single weapon had to be delivered, the duo told officials.

Badshah and Shaikh, both Sewri residents, would steal vehicles and motorcycles and give them to the teenagers after changing the number plates, police officials said, adding that they would also get the youngsters addicted to drugs and alcohol. “Once the boys were hooked on to bikes and drugs, Badshah and Shaikh would send them to deliver weapons. The boys would not seem suspicious, and their logic was that even if they got caught, they would be tried as minors,” the official added.

While Badshah’s job was to rob and smuggle weapons from across the country, Shaikh’s role was to stock and deliver these weapons in Mumbai. When it came to getting weapons to the city from Uttar Pradesh, they would go themselves, the official said.

Shaikh and Badshah have been working together for the past 12 years, the police said. Apart from extortion and threatening, Shaikh would deliver weapons smuggled by Badshah to buyers in Mumbai regularly. “Shaikh was arrested with a pistol three years ago from a Navi Mumbai railway station,” said a crime branch officer, requesting anonymity. Prior to that, he had been arrested twice for possession of weapons.

The RAK Marg police said they had moved an application to extern Badshah, a history-sheeter, but it had been denied. His criminal record shows he was arrested not just for possession of weapons but also for kidnapping his ex-wife and torturing her for nine days, they said. “Coming from a family of moneylenders, Badshah, like his father, would lend money at high interest rate and extort interest from debtors,” said an officer from RAK Marg police station.

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 15:01 IST