CHANDIGARH: Continuing its drive to break the nexus of illegal weapons smuggling from Madhya Pradesh (MP), Punjab Police on Wednesday busted another interstate module involved in manufacturing and supply of illegal weapons across the state with the arrest of its two members from MP.

Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta said that, in an interstate operation, a team of State Counter Intelligence, Amritsar have arrested Jeevan (19), a resident of village Jamli Gaytri Dham in Barwani district MP and Vijay Thakur (25) of Umrypani in Barwani MP from the area of village Sendhwan in Barwani MP and recovered 39 Pistols ( .32 bore) along with magazines from their possession.

The development came just four days after the Kapurthala Police busted an illicit weapon supply network with the arrest of its main supplier from Barwani in MP. Notably, this is the fourth such MP-based illegal weapon manufacturing and supply module busted by the Punjab Police within the last 8 months. Prior to Kapurthala, Amritsar Rural Police had unearthed two such modules, including one illicit Small Arms Manufacturing unit in MP with the arrest of weapon smugglers, who were supplying weapons to gangsters, criminals and radicals in Punjab.

The DGP, while raising the concern that the areas of district Khargone, Barwani and Burhanpur of MP have been emerging as a big-time base for manufacturing and supply of high-quality .30 bore and .32 bore to gangsters and criminals of the country, said that apart from unearthing illicit weapon manufacturing units in MP, different units of Punjab Police had earlier recovered huge caches of MP manufactured illegal weapons from the state. As per the information, the Punjab Police have recovered as many as 122 MP-manufactured illegal weapons since September 2020 till date.

Sharing details, DGP Dinkar Gupta said that the Counter Intelligence Amritsar had arrested two persons identified as Hira Singh and Harmandeep Singh, both residents of Tarn Taran after recovering three country-made pistols and ammunition from their possession on June 12, 2021 and during interrogation they revealed that they procured these weapons from Madhya Pradesh.

DGP Dinkar Gupta said that following these inputs, a special team led by Inspector Inderdeep Singh was sent to MP to bust the entire module. He said that preliminary investigations revealed that these weapons were meant to be supplied to various criminal gangs and other anti-national elements in Punjab

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