Chandigarh : Usage of unlicensed weapons and ammunition in the crime incidents is a frequent phinomenon in the city as 12 unlicensed weapons and 51 cartridges were seized by the Chandigarh Police in 215. According to an official data of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the Chandigarh Police registered 11 cases under Arms Act in 2015 and a total 12 weapons were seized under the Act.
Among the weapons seized by the UT Police, six were found unlicensed or were country-made pistols while six were other arms. Meanwhile, the police team also seized 51 cartridges and other such material, also used shrapnel, bullets, or shells fired by guns.
The Chandigarh Police have registered 16 cases of Arms Act so far in 2016 and in more than half a dozen cases, the accused used 10 country-made weapons. The police sources said the country-made pistols which are reportedly being manufactured in UP are further being supplied to the neighbouring states at cheaper rates.
In the recent cases of firings in city, the country-made pistols have been reportedly used by most of the accused persons. One of the accused in the firing incident in city even disclosed during interrogation that he had bought the weapon from a person in UP at a very cheap price of about Rs 30,000.
In some of the cases the accused have been arrested, but the cops are still searching clues as from where the accused bought the weapon (country made pistols). Among the recent incident, on August 30, the Chandigarh Police arrested three persons with country-made pistol and a live cartridge, while they were planning a murder of another person over illicit relations with one of the accused’s wife.
On August 27, the Operation Cell of Chandigarh Police claimed to have arrested two youths with 7.62 mm pistol and four live cartridges who were reportedly planning to create a havoc during PU student union polls, said the police sources.
A police official said that during the course of interrogations of the several accused persons, it has been found that they bought the country-made pistols used in the crime scene from UP. Acting on this, the Chandigarh Police have sent a communique to the concerned police officials in UP so that the supply of such weapons could be banned and the accused could be nabbed.
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