King­pin of gun­run­ners held, weapons seized

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The king­pin of a syn­di­cate that al­legedly sup­plies weapons to gangs of Na­jaf­garh and outer Delhi ar­eas has been ar­rested.

Based in Man­golpuri, the ac­cused Ajay Gau­tam would send his car­ri­ers to pro­cure weapons from man­u­fac­tur­ers in Khar­gone in Mad­hya Pradesh and Dholpur, Ra­jasthan. The pis­tols were bought for Rs 6,000-8,000 and sold for up to Rs 25,000.

“Gau­tam (38) was ar­rested by a team led by ACP At­tar Singh and in­spec­tor Ishwar Singh. Two semi-au­to­matic pis­tols, two mag­a­zines and ten live car­tridges were seized,” said Pramod Kush­waha, DCP (Spe­cial Cell).

South­ern range of the Spe­cial Cell had re­ceived a tip-off that a gang of gun­run­ners led by Ajay Gau­tam was in­volved in sup­ply­ing of firearms in north­ern states of the coun­try, in­clud­ing Delhi-NCR. In a raid on April 29, the cops seized 30 firearms in­clud­ing 29 pis­tols with five mag­a­zines and one small ri­fle, and two mem­bers of Gau­tam’s gang were ar­rested. Gau­tam man­aged to es­cape. The two ar­rested men, Ran­jit Singh alias Neetu Jaat of Dholpur and Nak­she Lal of Main­puri, Ut­tar Pradesh, gave leads about his where­abouts. A non-bail­able war­rant was also is­sued against Gau­tam. Fi­nally, Gau­tam was ar­rested on Fri­day.

The ac­cused told po­lice that he was last ar­rested in 2010 by UP Po­lice, who had also busted his arms con­sign­ment.

In 2009, he came in con­tact with an arms sup­plier of Main­puri, who lured him to work as his car­rier. Grad­u­ally, he came into con­tact of an­other weapon sup­plier in Khar­gone and started get­ting firearms from him too.

Po­lice are try­ing to ap­pre­hend other mem­bers of his syn­di­cate.

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