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Illegal arms suppliers nabbed from Meerut after shootout

Illegal arms suppliers nabbed from Meerut after shootout

NEW DELHI: In a joint operation, a team of the Special Cell of Delhi Police and the Crime Branch of Meerut Police arrested two notorious criminals, who were active members of an illegal arms supplying syndicate, late Monday night.

Cops said the arrested criminals have been identified as Sameer (25) and Furkan (45), both residents of Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh.

The two were nabbed after an exchange of fire at around 11 pm on Monday, near Suhel Garden in Meerut.

Sameer and Furkan were wanted in a case of arms supply, being investigated by the Delhi Police Special Cell.

Both the criminals were carrying a reward of Rs 2.5 lakh for their arrest from cops in Delhi and UP.

Sources said that Delhi Police had deputed a team to arrest Sameer and Fukran, as well as one Shamim, who were all wanted in a case of illegal firearms smuggling in Delhi.

This case was being investigated by Special Cell, during which 84 semi-automatic pistols along with 40 spare magazines and many live cartridges, parts of pistols, and other raw materials and apparatus were recovered on October 9.

Five arms suppliers were arrested in that case, but the mastermind Furkan as well as Samer and Shamim had gone underground.

Soon, cops received information that Furkan was running an illegal arms manufacturing unit from a house in Meerut.

Eventually, Delhi Police declared a reward of Rs one lakh for Fukran's arrest. Further, rewards of Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 for the arrest of Furkan and Samir, respectively, were declared by Meerut Police.

"A trap was laid near Suhel Garden in Meerut, where at around 10.55 pm on November 26, two persons arrived on a scooty. The informer identified them as Furkan and Sameer. Both were signalled to surrender, but they instead started firing on the members of the police team," said PS Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).

"Three shots hit the bulletproof jackets of sub-inspector Sumit and head constable Anil Chadha of Delhi Police, and sub-inspector Jaivir of Crime Branch, Meerut. Members of the police team also fired in self defense and soon overpowered both the accused," he added.

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