Firearm seller mis­fires, in­jures Nerul gym owner

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

A 27-year-old man from Nerul suf­fered in­juries on his right leg when he was al­legedly be­ing given demon­stra­tion by a il­le­gal fire- arm seller on Tues­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Manoj Mha­tre, who runs a gym in Nerul, had planned to pur­chase a firearm from an uniden­ti­fied per­son and called him to sec­tor 20 around 10.30 pm. As that per­son reached the spot, Mha­tre asked him to give a demon­stra­tion on how to op­er­ate the firearm.

“The firearm, how­ever, mis­fired and the bul­let hit Mha­tre’s right leg. Within a few min­utes, the other per­son fled the spot with the firearm,” said Dhan­raj Dayama, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice (Turbhe divi­sion).

Mha­tre was ad­mit­ted to MGM hos­pi­tal in Vashi by some of his friends and he is re­port­edly in a sta­ble con­di­tion now.

“We have booked both of them un­der In­dian Arms Act. Mha­tre will be ar­rested as soon as he is dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal. Our of­fi­cials are also search­ing for the man who was sell­ing the firearm and we hope to ar­rest him soon,” Dayama added.

Suresh Men­gade, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (spe­cial branch) said, “Al­most all the il­le­gal firearms we seized in the past one year were man­u­fac­tured in north In­dian states such as Ut­tar Pradesh and Bi­har. Many of them were fac­tory-made pis­tols.”

Po­lice sources said it was not easy to find a clue about the man­u­fac­tur­ers, as the weapons have tags such as ‘made in US’, ‘made in UK’ or ‘made in China’ on them.

“Even the weapons look very so­phis­ti­cated and we too get con­fused. It is only af­ter closely ex­am­in­ing the weapons, can we know that those are not im­ported, but man­u­fac­tured in UP and Bi­har,” said an­other of­fi­cer.

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