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Posted at: Oct 10, 2018, 12:05 AM; last updated: Oct 10, 2018, 12:05 AM (IST)

Illegal pistol manufacturing unearthed; five arrested

Prateek Chauhan
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 9
Police has unearthed an illegal firearms manufacturing factory in Meerut (UP). Five key members of interstate illegal arms supplier — Mohd. Shaidulla (37), Nasim (25), Mohd. Shabir (32), Mohd. Intiaz (29) and Mohd. Obayed (33) were arrested after a brief exchange of fire on October 9; and 84 semi-automatic pistols, five live cartridges, 40 magazines, several unfinished and semi-furnished firearms have been recovered. The sixth accused, Furkan is absocnding, said DCP (Special Cell).
The instruments used to prepare the illegal firearms have also been recovered from Furkan's house in Meerut. Shaidulla with the help of Furkan used to run the factory. The modus operandi used by these gun runners was first of its kind, where trained persons from Munger (Bihar) brought raw material alongwith them to Meerut where they carry out the illegal manufacturing of firearms to avoid detection.
On October 8, information was received that two key members of illegal arms syndicate would go to Haryana via NH-1 Delhi to deliver huge consignment of pistols to their contacts between 11:30 pm to 12:30 am.
A trap was laid at road towards Singhu Border, near Tikri red light of NH-1 Delhi. Police started checking vehicles by putting barricades. At about 12:40 am, a sliver Verna car was noticed coming towards them in which two persons were sitting. The duo was identified as Shaidulla and Nasim. Police signaled them to stop but Shaidulla, who was driving the car, tried to pass the police barricade. Having surrounded by police, Shaidulla whipped out his pistol and fired upon the police. In retaliation, police immediately fired air shot to caution the car occupants and overpowered both of them and recovered 11 pistols from beneath the driver seat, while 52 pistols were recovered from a secret cavity that was created in boot of the car by covering the space for stepney with fiber sheet and closing the sheet with nut-bolt, the DCP said.
Another raid was conducted at Furkan's house where the illegal weapons were being manufactured and three persons: Shabir, Intiaz and Obayed were apprehended with recovery of 19 more illegal pistols alongwith raw materials like springs, barrel, magazine length and apparatus used in preparing these illegal firearms, the DCP added.

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