Trailing a group of gunrunners supplying weapons to city-based gangs, Delhi Police’s Crime Branch managed to reach a manufacturing unit in the jungles of Bharatpur in Rajasthan. The unit was functioning in the deep forests and a dilapidated structure had been renovated as a factory.
Four gunrunners were arrested and 10 ready-to-sell pistols were recovered from the factory. A plethora of tools, machines and equipment used to manufacture the pistols was also seized. Cops also impounded the vehicle used by the gang to commute from the city to the factory.
DCP (Crime) Joy Tirkey said the unit was located on top of Ghadijaan Pahadi, where anyone approaching the place could be seen from almost three kilometres afar. Crime Branch sleuths had to walk the stretch on foot to avoid being detected.
The module made .315 bore single-shot pistols, used by snatchers and robbers in street crimes. They sold the weapons to gangs between Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000 per piece. However, the cost of preparing the pistols came to around Rs 500 apiece.
When cops searched the impounded vehicle, they found weapons hidden in the trunk of the car and other small customized chambers. It is being probed whether the car was stolen from somewhere.
The arrested persons have been identified as Talim Khan (25), Nauman (32), Najir Hussain (33) and Juber Khan (32). While Nauman is from Nuh in Haryana, the other three belong to Bharatpur.
Few days ago, an informer tipped cops about the gang’s movements in southwest Delhi’s Chhawla. The accused had come to Delhi to supply weapons to criminals in Najafgarh. Cops laid a trap and nabbed the accused with the weapons.
During interrogation, they revealed the location of their manufacturing unit and another team conducted a raid and busted it. “None of the arrested persons have a past criminal record. The criminals who had procured the firearms from the gang are being identified. This module has been active for four years and has been in touch with several gangs in NCR,” Tirkey added.
The syndicate is estimated to have supplied over 1,000 pistols to criminal gangs in Delhi.
The men are being question to ascertain the reason for the delivery of such a large consignment of weapons in areas of outer Delhi. It is suspected that these weapons were to be used by the recipients to eliminate their rivals.
In order to avoid arousing suspicions among the locals in the area, the accused would only open their workshop when they received an order to supply weapons. Apart from supplying guns to criminals in NCR, the men were also reportedly in touch with gangs active in Mewat and bordering areas of Rajasthan.