Illegal arm supplier nabbed, pistols seized

An illegal fire arm supplier has been arrested along two of his associates, and 26 sophisticated pistols recovered from their possession, police said on Wednesday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Northeast, Atul Kumar Thakur said that Salim Ahmad, 47, and his associates -- Naseem Ahmad, 30, and Mohammad Faizan, 22, were nabbed from Osmanpur on Tuesday.

"We recovered 26 sophisticated semi-automatic pistols, 30 mm pistols, 800 live cartridges of different bores, 19 magazines, Rs 1 lakh cash and a Fortuner car in which the arms and ammunition were being transported," he said.

Salim Ahmad told police that he has been in the crime world for more than last 20 years and was supplying arms for the past few years.

"He was fond of carrying weapons and the illegal arms came to him for repair and from various parts of Western UP. While travelling, he hid the weapons in the spare wheel of the vehicles," the police officer said.