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The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested two persons on the charge of procuring guns from suppliers in Munger, Bihar and illegally supplying them to criminals in Delhi and NCR. The gang reportedly sold over 50 sophisticated weapons to various criminals and earned lakhs from the business in the past two years, police said.
The guns include 9 mm carbine machine gun worth Rs 2.5 lakh and 9 mm pistols worth Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000. The leader of the gang, identified as Saurabh, and his associate Vinay Pawar were arrested and police recovered 10 sophisticated guns and 38 cartridges from their possession.
DCP Crime Branch SBS Tyagi said they received an input stating that a gang headed by Saurabh of Dasna was involved in supply of illegal sophisticated weapons in Delhi and NCR. They bought weapons from Eastern UP and Munger and sold them to criminals. "We received an input that Saurabh would be coming to Hasanpur Depot on Saturday to deliver a consignment of illegal weapons. A team was sent to lay a trap, following which Saurabh and Vinay were arrested," Tyagi said.
The gang had been involved in the trade for over two years, he said.
During questioning, it was revealed that the accused used to purchase guns from Munger and sell them at double the price. "They bought 9 mm carbine machine guns for Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 1.65 lakh each and sold the same in Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh. For 9 mm pistols, which they purchased for Rs 20,000, they would charge Rs 25,000 and for other sophisticated guns they would charge between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000," an officer said,
Saurabh told the police that his father used to run a sweet shop in Dasna. He did not complete his primary education due to financial constraints and started assisting his father in the business. About five years ago, his father died and he began selling illegal weapons to support his family. He met one Shakil who was a driver involved in sale of illegal weapons in Delhi and NCR.