29-year- old Airoli man ar­rested for car­ry­ing gun with­out pa­pers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: A 29- year- old man, who was al­legedly car­ry­ing a firearm with­out any doc­u­ment, was ar­rested by the Ra­bale po­lice on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to t he po­lice, Shivaji Katkar, a res­i­dent of Airoli, was roam­ing around with a coun­try- made gun and two live car­tridges. He was ar­rested be­fore he could com­mit any crime.

“We had re­ceived a tipoff that a sus­pi­cious man was com­ing here with some firearms. Im­me­di­ately, we sent a team to trace the man,” said R Katkar, se­nior in­spec­tor of Ra­bale po­lice sta­tion.

“Within a few min­utes our team spot­ted the man at an iso­lated spot at Sec­tor 1. When asked about his back­ground, he was un­able to give co­her­ent replies,” he said.

“Our of­fi­cials then checked his pock­ets and f ound t he firear ms with him. He was ar­rested from the spot,” added in­spec­tor Katkar.

It i s, how­ever, not clear where he got the firearms from and what his in­ten­tions were.

The po­lice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing if the gun was brought to the city for sale.

“We are try­ing to find out if the ac­cused had brought the gun from an­other state to sell it to some­one in the city. Our in­ter­ro­ga­tions are go­ing on,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to t he po­lice, the ac­cused has sev­eral cases such as ri­ot­ing and at­tempt to mur­der at dif­fer­ent po­lice sta- tions in the city and had been ar­rested ear­lier.

Sources in the city crime branch said the Navi Mum­bai po­lice reg­is­tered 36 such cases un­der dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the In­dian Arms Act in 2014 and seized a to­tal of 44 firearms which were brought to the city for sale.

“Al­most all the il­le­gal firearms we seized in last one year were man­u­fac­tured in states such as Ut­tar Pradesh and Bi­har. A ma­jor­ity of them were fac­tory- made pis­tols,” said a se­nior crime branch of­fi­cial on con­di­tion of anonymity.

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