Police bust illegal arms factory near cycling venue

The arrest of two alleged gun makers from Sector 37 in Noida has sent Noida Police in a tizzy. Although the recovery from inside an illegal gun making unit has been substantial, what has worried the cops is its close proximity to the Mahamaya flyover on the Greater Noida Expressway where the time trial cycling event is scheduled to take place on October 13. Incidentally, Thursday was also the day Noida Police carried out a full dress rehearsal on the expressway to ascertain the security in the area.

According to senior cops, police has recovered 56 different parts of country-made weapons which include 17 fully-operational weapons. According to A K Singh, SSP (Gautambudh Nagar), the consignments were meant to be supplied to various local gangs who are active in the Gautambudh Nagar area for the upcoming panchayat elections. Among the recovered items are 16 weapons of .315 bore make while one weapon is of the .32 bore make. Cops said two of the accused Alauddin and Yusuf have been arrested in this case, while a third accused, Shafiq, managed to escape. “The gang has links in Munger in Bihar with its infamous illegal weapons industry and the accused sold their arms to various gangs active in the area between Munger in Bihar and Meerut in UP,” said an investigating officer.

Sleuths added that the accused are part of a larger gang consisting of at least a dozen men. “Initially, they transported the weapons from Munger to various areas in western UP. But later they began manufacturing the weapons themselves,” said the officer.

The police said a welding machine, 13 hammers and screws and 31 other half-constructed weapons were recovered from the illegal manufacturing unit located in the green belt area of Sector 37. “The gang used good material and ensured that the weapons could be used multiple times. Such was the demand of their products that they sold their weapons at rates ranging from Rs 1,000 to 10,000.

Meanwhile, Noida cops said they have intensified the verification drive in those localities which are close to the expressway. “We have held meetings with all stakeholders to ensure the cycling event passes off peacefully,” said a senior officer, adding that the force sent out of Gautambudh Nagar in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict might not be available for sometime with the Supreme Court fixing the next date of hearing on September 28.

Meanwhile, SP (traffic) Ajay Sahdev said the final dress rehearsal carried between 10.30am and 2.30pm on the expressway went off peacefully. “We are happy with the bandobust,” he told the media. The cops, are now waiting for all the CCTV cameras to be fitted at their designated spots on the Noida expressway.

Read more: Police bust illegal arms factory near cycling venue – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Police-bust-illegal-arms-factory-near-cycling-venue/articleshow/6616282.cms#ixzz10l5Z7byJ

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