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Punjab cops bust gunrunners’ gang, arrest 3 from MP

Amritsar, Apr 16 (MNN) Punjab Police on Friday busted an inter-state gang involved in manufacture and smuggling of illegal weapons and arrested three interstate arms suppliers based in Madhya Pradesh.

As many as 30 pistols, including 25 .32-bore pistols, five .30-bore pistols, 32 magazines, a car and a motorcycle were seized from the arrested suspects.

Accused Crore Singh and Ram Singh Patwa of Pachori village and Chander Pal of Khakhnaar village in Burhanpur district were arrested by Amritsar rural police during a special operation.

Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said that ASP Majitha Abhimanyu Rana and DSP (Detective) Gurinder Nagra led the operation based on specific inputs.

Crore Singh and Chander Pal were first arrested near a bus stand in Burhanpur on April 10 and 10 .32-bore pistols and 10 magazines seized from them. Ram Singh Patwa was held from near Gurdwara Badi Sangat in Burhanpur, along with 15 .32-bore pistols, five .30-bore pistols and 22 magazines.

The DGP said that Patwa revealed that the consignment was supplied to him by notorious MP-based weapons manufacturer and smuggler Rahul, whose name has figured earlier also during seizure of weapons by Punjab Police in the last 6 months.

The DGP thanked his MP counterpart for the support provided by that state’s police in effecting the arrests.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Amritsar Rural) Dhruv Dahiya said Rahul was identified as a key supplier in the seizure of 12 .32-bore pistols and 15 magazines by Amritsar rural police in January 2021 and six .32-bore pistols by Patiala police in September 2020.

Rahul and other MP weapon smugglers used social media platforms, including WhatsApp, to establish a wide network of contacts in Punjab for supply of countrymade weapons to vulnerable youths, militants, gangsters and radical entities lodged in various jails.

He said that the latest arrests and recoveries were made with regards to FIR number 199 of December 10, 2020 registered under Sections 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act at Gharinda police station.

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