Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police on Wednesday arrested a 50-year-old man for his alleged involvement in firearms smuggling and seized three country-made pistols from his possession.
Based on a specific input that Sangram Natha, a habitual
arms dealer, will arrive in Bhubaneswar from Howrah on a train, the special squad and Laxmi Sagar police laid a trap in Station Bazar area. The suspect was detained with the arms and ammunition. During the drive, four illegal firearms were seized along with four live and two fired ammunitions. A case was lodged at Laxmi Sagar police station under the Arms Act.
Details of the arms seized is as follows:
1. Two .765mm magazine loaded pistol
2. A 9mm pistol
3. A single-shot pistol
4. 4 rounds of live ammunition of .765 calibre
5, Two empty magazines
6. A fired round each of 9mm and .32 calibre
Sangram was previously involved in another case under Sahid Nagar police station in which six country-made pistols and nine rounds of ammunition were recovered.
Earlier, he was also convicted in an NDPS case.
The accused is a habitual arms dealer who directly procures illegal arms from Munger district in Bihar. He procures the arms for Rs 14,000-15,000 and sells it in the local market for
Further investigations are on to identify other persons who are involved in the racket. The accused is likely to be in police remand if required.
Acting on specific information about a consignment of illegal country-made pistols, police conducted raids and apprehended the accused, whose identity is yet to be disclosed. Besides three country-made pistols, magazines and live bullets were seized from him, police sources said.
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