Mumbai Police on Saturday arrested two persons for possession of three pistols and 14 cartridges in Shivaji Nagar area of Govandi.
The Shivaji Nagar Police Station, which registered the case, said that it received a tip-off that an illegal arms deal would take place on Tuesday, July 22. Accordingly, the police laid a trap around Rafiq Nagar in Shivaji. Nagar area.
“We saw two men standing at the same place behaving suspiciously. When we approached them, they were nonchalant but their identification matched the tip we got,” said an official at the police station.
When they were checked, the police found that both of them had illegal weapons in their bags.
Haqiullah Khan (33), an autorickshaw driver, and Arif Sayyed (34), a garment shop owner, are residents of Dharavi. Khan had 2 country pistols and 12 cartridges while Sayyed had 2 cartridges. According to the police, Khan was to sell Sayyed and both had reached the spot for the transaction.
The police know that both of them were involved in this business for a long time.
Officials said that Khan’s weapons are sourced from Uttar Pradesh and efforts are on to trace his business partners. “We suspect that both have previously bought or sold such weapons to others in the city or elsewhere. “We are investigating to trace their previous buyers and suppliers,” the official said.
Both have been arrested and charged under Sections 3 and 25 of the Arms Act, 1959 and other relevant sections.
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