In 90 cases, firearms used or brandished to commit crime
New Delhi: The city has seen as many as 90 cases where the firearms were either used or shown for committing the crime. The city police checked more than two lakhs vehicles on different pickets resulting in the recovery of more than 400 weapons. Police sources told Millennium Post that (till February 15) in 19 murder cases and 31 attempts to murder cases, firearms were used whereas in 37 robbery cases firearms were shown and in two robberies it was used.
"In one dacoity case, the firearm was shown," sources added. The Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik in a crime review meeting took the stock of violent crimes in which firearms were used.
Last year till February 15, in as many as 10 cases of murder and 27 cases of attempt to murder, firearms were used. "In 49 cases of robbery and one dacoity, firearms were shown," added police sources adding that firearms were used in eight cases of robbery.
According to Delhi Police, they have taken several initiatives to curb crime which includes patrolling and picket checking. "In 988 pickets (314–permanent and 674–temporary) more than 42,000 buses and TSR and 24,5732 two-wheelers were checked till the last few weeks of February," sources said. The picket staff were able to recover 46 firearms, as many as 97 firearms were recovered by beat staff and 229 by other staffs.
In 2018, over 18 lakh vehicles were checked by police in 14 districts. More than 1,664 firearms were detected by city police till November.
Details of Arms deposited in Malkhanas
The Licensing unit of Delhi Police has written to all DCPs regarding the details of firearms deposited in Malkhanas. "It has been noticed that a number of firearms are deposited in the Malkhanas of various police stations and the licencees have not come forward to claim these firearms since long," sources said quoting the letter content. They further stated that the licensing unit requested that the details of such firearms lying unclaimed in Malkhanas may be provided to the Licencing unit.