Ex-cop held for running inter-state firearm trade
The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly running an <g data-gr-id="32">inter-state</g> gang of illegal firearm peddlers, police said on Tuesday.
According to the police, the accused, Chotu Kumar of <g data-gr-id="29">Aligarh,</g> earlier worked as a constable in the Sashastra Seema Bal and is involved in cases of murder, attempt to murder and robbery. He has also been booked under the Gangster Act and the Arms Act in Uttar Pradesh.
The police have recovered one loaded pistol and live cartridges from his possession. Thirty sophisticated illegal pistols, which were being smuggled into Delhi to be supplied to Delhi and Haryana-based criminals, were found in his car, police said. A case under various sections of the IPC and the Arms Act has been registered against him.
On July 5, police learnt that Chotu Kumar, an active member of a syndicate involved in procurement and supply of illegal firearms, would be coming in a car towards an under-construction road at Signature Bridge, behind Nanaksar Gurdwara, near bus stand in Rajiv Nagar to deliver a consignment of firearms. A trap was laid and Kumar was arrested.
“He opened fire at cops, compelling the police party to retaliate in self-defence. After a brief exchange of rounds, Kumar was apprehended,” said Sanjeev Yadav, DCP (Special Cell) said. Kumar told the police that he had procured the firearms from Khargone, Madhya Pradesh.