Busting an illegal arms racket, Ahmedabad police arrested six persons and seized from them an arms cache of 10 country-made guns and 61 live cartridges, police sources said.
The operation that lasted one whole day, found links to one Aftab, a resident of Khargone in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, who had allegedly sold nine pistols and a revolver worth ₹ 25,000 each to the arrested accused.
While Aftab is yet to be arrested, those arrested have been identified as Shahnawaz Shaikh, Samir Pathan, Farankhan Pathan, Uzerkhan Pathan, Zaidkhan Pathan and Shahrukhkhan Pathan, the police release said.
“Arrested accused Samir Pathan is a native of Khargone and was currently living in a rented accomodation in Vatva area in Ahmedabad. The other accused stay in Jamalpur and Vatva areas,” the official said.
Based on a specific tip off that a person in possession of a pistol is standing near a showroom in Vasna area of the city, the Local Crime Branch (LCB) of city police’s Zone-7 arrested Shahnawaz Shaikh.
“One country-made pistol and three cartridges were recovered from his possession. Shaikh told police he had bought it from Samir Pathan a few months back. Pathan, after being held from his rented home, said he had bought 10 country-made firearms from Aftab,” he said.
While one pistol and three cartridges were sold to Shaikh, nine other guns, including a revolver, and 58 live cartridges were sold to Farankhan of Jamalpur, said the release.
“Later during the day, police arrested Farankhan and three others who had purchased these illegal arms and ammunition from him. An FIR has been registered against Aftab and these six persons under the Arms Act,” the release informed.