Indication that gangs still active in city, say police

The seizure of firearms is an indication that gangs believed to be dormant, have once again become active, police said. According to police sources, a suspect has been identified from Uttar Pradesh who may have provided the firearms to the arrested accused.

The man who escaped on Saturday, Sharad Mohol, is an absconding accused in the Kishor Marne murder case. He was a member of Ganesh Marne gang. Gangs led by Gajanan Marne, Sandeep Mohol and Baba Bodke had their origins in Paud-Pirangut area known as wrestlers' terrain. They were involved extortion, murders and other serious offences in MIDC area around Paud and in adjacent parts of Pune city.

A senior officer with Pune rural police said, "The seizure is clear indication these gangs are still active. It has been observed that these gangs procure weapons from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. For example, the country made revolver comes from UP and country made pistols from Morena in MP." He added, "The gangs run extortion rackets and need weapons. Many of them live in city areas like Kothrud and Warje. They are active in city as well as industrial patches in Pune rural jurisdiction."

Sandeep Karnik, superintendent of police (Pune rural), said, "We look at it as a preventive action. They may have got the weapons to stock or for internal feuds. It is too early to zero in on a single motive but we are keeping a close watch."

Inspector Ram Jadhav said, "In case of murder of gangsters, similar weapons have been used. We have launched a search operation for Sharad Mohol and are trying to trace the source of the weapons."

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