Punjab : Sangrur Police busts interstate illegal arms supply racket ; 2 held

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Chandigarh, Oct 16 : The Sangrur district police on Saturday busted an interstate illegal arms supply racket with the arrest of two persons after recovering two country- made weapons along with ammunition from them.

Those arrested have been identified as Pawan Kumar of district Aligarh (UP) and Kulwinder Singh of Karaiwala district Shri Muktsar Sahib.

SSP Sangrur Swapan Sharma, during a press briefing, said following the rise in incidents of illegal weapons supply in the district Sangrur and surrounding areas, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by DSP (D) Yogesh Kumar, Inspector Deepinder Singh Incharge Crime Branch and team was formed.

During a month long rigorous investigation , the SIT has been able to bust this interstate racket, he said, adding that this one was of many trips of Pawan made in Punjab, when he was nabbed.

Earlier, Pawan has supplied several weapons in the general area of Amritsar and Tarn Taran. Revealing Investigations, the SSP said the accused Pawan was working at the behest of Chanchal Kumar resident of district Aligarh (UP), who is a serving army man, posted in an army formation in Mau.

Apparently, Chanchal Kumar was in contact with illegal arms manufacturer based out of MP and he has several conduits, who have been making trips to deliver country-made weapons to anti-social elements in the state.

The special investigation team revealed that Madhya Pradesh has become a hub of illegal arms manufacturing. Investigation in the previous cases also points to Madhya Pradesh as a point of origin of these country-made weapons.

SSP Swapan Sharma said recovery of large quantity of arms and ammunition is likely in the coming days. Meanwhile, in the last six months, Sangrur police have registered 17 cases under Arms Act and recovered 32 country-made weapons.


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