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