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Punjab Police arrests MP resident in illegal firearms supply case, seize 3 pistols

Accused Baljit Singh arrested by Punjab Police on charge of involvement in manufacture and supply of illegal firearms. Photo: DPR/Punjab

Chandigarh, July 10 (MNN) Punjab Police has busted another racket in the manufacture of high-quality firearms in Madhya Pradesh and their subsequent supplies to gangsters and criminals across the country by arresting one person, DGP Dinkar Gupta said on Saturday.

It is the third such arms manufacturing and supply module busted by Punjab Police in Madhya Pradesh during the last eight months, the Punjab Police chief said.

The arrested person was identified as Baljit Singh alias Sweety Singh of Umarti village in Barwani district in Madhya Pradesh. Kapurthala Police seized three .32-bore pistols along with 3 magazines from his possession, he added.

He was alleged involved in the manufacture and supply of high-quality illicit weapons to criminals in Punjab and other northern states, the Director General of Police claimed.

Earlier, Amritsar Rural Police had unearthed two such modules, including one illicit small arms munit in MP with the arrest of weapon smugglers, who were supplying weapons to gangsters, criminals and radicals in Punjab.

Gupta said that the case was cracked 10 days after Kapurthala Police arrested four robbers and seized 10 pistols and one rifle, along with ammunition, from their possession.

The arrested robbers revealed they were getting supply of weapons from Baljit and were planning more robberies and dacoities at petrol pumps as well as villagers.

The DGP said that Kapurthala police procured arrest warrants of Baljit and sent a special police team from Kapurthala to arrest him in cooperation with MP Police.

SSP Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh said that Baljit and his elder brother Sumer were into weapons manufacturing and supply for many years and used to upload videos of pistols on social media platforms to lure customers.

Baljit allegedly revealed that more than 20 of the 40-45 houses in Umarti village were involved in manufacture and sale of illicit weapons racket, especially .30- and .32-bore pistols.

An FIR was registered under Sections 399 and 402 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 25 of the Arms Act at Fattudhinga police station in Kapurthala.

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