Former Salem gang member held, gun seized

A former Abu Salem gang member who was stopped during a routine drive against drunk drivers on Tuesday night was found to be carrying a gun and was arrested under the Arms Act, police said.

The police said Rajesh Hatankar (40) was was on a bike along with another person when they were stopped in Mulund. The pillionrider allegedly fled, arousing suspicions.

Hatankar was searched and was allegedly found carrying a countrymade pistol and five live rounds, after which the gun was seized and he was handed over to Navghar police. A crime branch official said Hatankar has been booked under the Arms Act. He has been questioned by a crime branch team.

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