14 pistols among arms seized by SOG in Kota

JAIPUR: A huge cache of arms and magazines, including 14 high quality pistols, were seized by the () of the Rajasthan police during a raid in Kota on Thursday morning.
The primary investigation indicates the accused- Mangilal (45), Devaram Dewasi (40) and Babulal (55) had brought 14 pistols, 18 magazines and 56 cartridges from Dhar district in at a cost of Rs 1,50,000. These firearms and ammunition were to be supplied to prospective buyers located in Jodhpur and Pali districts of western Rajasthan.

According to SOG SP , the trio had hidden weapons in a specially modified box above the back bumper of their semi-sedan car. “We had prior information about some illegal weapons being brought into Rajasthan. Our teams intercepted the suspicious vehicle near a highway between Bundi and Kota and searched the car,” he said, adding SOG ground teams were taken aback when they discovered weapons crammed in a small box.

“They are country-made pistol of a very high-quality and appears to be sophisticated,” said an official.

Even on December 22, the SOG teams had seized as many as 19 pistols and a revolver from three people during a raid at a place near in Chittorgarh district. The SOG had also arrested three people who admitted to buying weapons from a dealer in Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh.

“The illegal firearms keep pouring in from Madhya Pradesh, which is turning into a cottage industry of illegal weapons. There are gangs involved in smuggling and manufacturing of firearms,” said an official.

The SOG officials said they are probing to identify the buyers based in Jodhpur and Pali districts. The Jodhpur city in recent times has witnessed numerous incidents of firing by gangs, including the murder of Jodhpur based businessman .

“They will be brought to Jaipur where we will interrogate them about entire network involved in illegal weapon trade,” said an official.

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