35-yr-old man held with five il­le­gal weapons at Kalam­boli

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

The po­lice ar­rested a 35-year-old man from APMC with five il­le­gal firearms in Kalam­boli on Wed­nes­day.

Act­ing on a tip-off, the po­lice ac­costed him be­fore he reached his des­ti­na­tion and seized the firearms from him. The po­lice are, how­ever, un­clear about whom he was to han­dover the seized firearms.

“Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tip-off, we de­ployed of­fi­cials at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions. One of our teams spot­ted the ac­cused with a plas­tic bag and be­gan in­ter­ro­gat­ing him. When he was un­able to give co­her­ent replies, our of­fi­cials checked his bag and found five kat­tas in it. He was then ar­rested,” said an of­fi­cer from Kalam­boli po­lice sta­tion.

The po­lice have iden­ti­fied the ac­cused as an Ut­tar Pradesh na­tive, Raju Sri­vas­tav, who is a veg­etable ven­dor.

Sri­vas­tav has been booked un­der sec­tions 3 and 25 of In­dian Arms Act, said the po­lice.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (spe­cial branch) Suresh Men­gade said, “Most of the il­le­gal firearms we seized in 2014 and 2015 were man­u­fac­tured in north In­dian states, in­clud­ing Ut­tar Pradesh and Bi­har. A ma­jor­ity of them were fac­to­ry­made pis­tols.”

But it is not easy to find clues about the man­u­fac­tur­ers, Po­lice chief Prab­hat Ran­jan and his of­fi­cers show the seized firearms on Thurs­day. as th­ese weapons have ‘Made in US’, ‘Made in UK’ and even ‘Made in China’ tags on them.

“Th­ese weapons look so­phis­ti­cated,” said an­other po­lice of­fi­cer, adding, “It is only af­ter a close ex­am­i­na­tion that one un­der­stands th­ese are not im­ported weapons, but are man­u­fac­tured in UP and Bi­har.”

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