Il­le­gal arms man­u­fac­tur­ing unit busted

Ac­cused Iqbal Khan learnt the skill of man­u­fac­tur­ing and re­pair­ing so­phis­ti­cated weapons from his fa­ther.

The Sunday Guardian - - Front Page -

The Crime Branch of Delhi Po­lice has made a ma­jor break­through in un­earthing an il­le­gal firearms man­u­fac­tur­ing unit and bust­ing a chain of sup­ply­ing weapons to crim­i­nals op­er­at­ing in Delhi and Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR).

The sleuths of STARS-II team of the Crime Branch have also ar­rested a per­son in this con­nec­tion iden­ti­fied as Iqbal Khan (41), a res­i­dent of Karawal Na­gar, Delhi. A semi- au­to­matic car­bine along with three live car­tridges and a semi-au­to­matic pis­tol along with four live car­tridges have been re­cov­ered from his pos­ses­sion. A case un­der Arms Act has been reg­is­tered in this re­gard.

Speak­ing to the me­dia, Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Dr Ram Gopal Naik said “that ASI Rakesh re­ceived in­for­ma­tion last week that Iqbal, who man­u­fac­tures and sup­plies il­le­gal arms in Delhi and NCR, would visit a place near Anand Vi­har ISBT to make a sup­ply of car­bine. The team un­der the lead­er­ship of In­spec­tor Shiv Dar­shan and un­der the over­all su­per­vi­sion of ACP Arvind Ku­mar laid a trap and nabbed Iqbal when he ar­rived at that place”.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Iqbal dis­closed that he is a na­tive of Bu­land­sa­her district in Ut­tar Pradesh. His fa­ther Bundu Khan was in­volved in man­u­fac­tur­ing il­le­gal arms at his house. He dropped out of school af­ter Class VII, joined his fa­ther and learnt the tech­niques from him. In 1996-97, he started work­ing at an arms shop there and learnt how to re­pair so­phis­ti­cated arms. He then grad­u­ally learnt the other tech­ni­cal as­pects and di­men­sions of so­phis­ti­cated weapons.

In 2000, Iqbal shifted to Delhi and started liv­ing in trans-Ya­muna area and came in con­tact with the crim­i­nals of Delhi and UP. He re­paired arms of these crim­i­nals and grad­u­ally man­u­fac­tured coun­try­made pis­tols. His tech­ni­cal pro­fi­ciency in mak­ing these weapons made his skills much in de­mand. Grad­u­ally, he started man­u­fac­tur­ing semi-au­to­matic pis­tols and car­bines by ob­tain­ing raw ma­te­rial from lo­cal mar­kets and then as­sem­bling them at his house.

He was ar­rested by Karawal Na­gar po­lice in Delhi in 2014 and one coun­try-made pis­tol along with live car­tridges and mag­a­zines were re­cov­ered from him. While in jail, he came in con­tact with no­to­ri­ous crim­i­nals of Delhi and NCR, who de­manded weapons from him. Af­ter his re­lease, he con­tacted those crim­i­nals per­son­ally and started sup­ply­ing them weapons as per their re­quire­ment.

Iqbal fur­ther dis­closed that he has sup­plied more than 25 car­bines, 50 semi­au­to­matic pis­tols and more than 100 coun­try-made pis­tols to var­i­ous crim­i­nals in Delhi and UP. On the ba­sis of his dis­clo­sure, the Crime Branch team raided Iqbal’s res­i­dence at Shakti Vi­har in Karawal Na­gar and dis­cov­ered his il­le­gal arms man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­tory. Three coun­try-made pis­tols along with six live rounds and two used rounds along with raw ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing springs, bar­rels, mag­a­zines, sev­eral unfinished and semi-fin­ished firearms and in­stru­ments used in man­u­fac­tur­ing of pis­tols and car­bines were re­cov­ered from his house-cum-fac­tory.

He was selling semi-au­to­matic car­bine for Rs 1 to 1.5 Lakh, semi-au­to­matic pis­tol for Rs 30,000 to 40,000 and coun­try-made pis­tols for Rs 5,000 each.

On the ba­sis of Iqbal’s dis­clo­sure, po­lice ar­rested his­tory-sheeter Raj Kar­tik of Madan­gir area in Delhi. A semi- au­to­matic pis­tol, bought from Iqbal for Rs 40,000, and three live car­tridges were re­cov­ered from Ja­ha­panah Jun­gle, Chi­rag Delhi at Kar­tik’s in­stance. Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Kar- tik dis­closed that his fa­ther is an auto driver and he has stud­ied upto Stan­dard X. He later opened a travel agency at Madan­gir. He came in con­tact of Shakti Naidu, who is his dis­tant rel­a­tive and a dreaded gang­ster of South Delhi.

Kar­tik started work­ing with Naidu, who has com­mit­ted a sen­sa­tional day­light armed da­coity of Rs 8 crore cash at gun point near Moolc­hand fly­over.Af­ter some time, Kar­tik had split from the Naidu gang and joined Ro­hit Chaud­hary gang. While in jail, Naidu col­lab­o­rated with an­other gang­ster Gau­rav Kohli alias Jhareda to counter the Ro­hit gang.

From jail, Ro­hit gang used to is­sue threats to wit­nesses as well as award­ing con­tract killings in Delhi and nearby ar­eas. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions are in progress in this case.

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