Arms factory raided, two traffickers arrested
In a clampdown against arms traffickers, Delhi Police on Wednesday raided an arms manufacturing factory in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh and recovered several machines, raw materials and some firearms from the factory.
The police had raided the premises after they arrested an arms trafficker from Daryaganj on Tuesday with ten pistols and 150 live cartridges.
Ramgopal, who has been in the arms trafficking business for the past ten years was arrested after the police received specific inputs regarding his movement in Daryaganj after which he was nabbed, police said.
After his arrest, Ramgopal was put through an interrogation session and eventually gave up the name of his associate Naseem, who was later tracked down to a location in Agra. He was found to be in possession of eight pistols and 30 live cartridges, police added.
Later, Naseem gave up the location of the arms manufacturing factory used by the accused to manufacture firearms for sale in Delhi NCR region.
"Several instruments used in preparing firearms including drill machines and one iron cutting machine were recovered from the factory," said a police official.
The police have claimed that Naseem had lured Ramgopal into the gun trade and taught him how to make weapons.
"Ramgopal disclosed that he procured the supply of finished and semi-finished pistols from Naseem who used to operate from Munger. Naseem has had several cases registered against him in Munger. Even Ramgopal has five cases against him including Murder and Arms Act cases," the official added.
The police have claimed that the cost of manufacturing the pistols was as low as Rs 10, 000, however, the accused would further sell it for the price of Rs 25, 000 per pistol, police claimed. The police are now on the look-out for the other members of the gang who were running the factory.