Police arrest 2 thieves, seize Andhra copís stolen pistol

The Crime branch has arrested two persons and seized a foreign made pistol that was stolen two years ago from an Andhra Pradesh police inspector while he was travelling. Police said the weapon is of a make used only by police and paramilitary forces.

Working on the tip-off from informants, a team led by inspector Satish Govekar arrested two persons Naeem Abdul Kareem Ansari (25) and Aftab Azeez Ansari (40), both residents of Wagholi. Police said both were part of a gang that used to rob bags from buses and trains.

"We had a tip-off that a person will be coming to Yerawada for the sale of a firearm on January 4. Initially, we suspected it would be a country-made pistol. After we arrested Naeem, we seized a Belgium made pistol of 9 millimeter bore. This is a prohibited barrel size and is used only by police or paramilitary forces," Govekar told Newsline.

Naeem's interrogation led police to Aftab. "Probe has revealed it is a service pistol that belonged to a senior inspector of the reserved force of Andhra Pradesh police. Surprisingly, it was stolen during one of his journeys to Hyderabad by the gang to which the two suspects belonged. A complaint was registered at Afzalganj police station in Hyderabad," said Govekar. After their arrest on January 4, the duo was remanded in police custody. On Thursday, their custody was extended.

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