Ten illegal sophisticated pistols have been seized by the Delhi Police Crime Branch with the arrest of a 30-year-old man allegedly involved in supply of illegal firearms in different parts of the country.
Acting on a tip-off, a Delhi Police team laid a trap near Shanti Van on Ring Road on May 12 and arrested a man carrying a plastic bag when he got down from a bus coming from the direction of Raj Ghat. Ten sophisticated pistols and their magazines were found wrapped in white and yellow plastic bags and were seized.
The man, later identified as Kalu Singh, purportedly told the police during interrogation that one Richpal Singh of Madhya Pradesh had given him these weapons to be supplied in Delhi. A man was supposed to come to the bus stop near Shanti Van to take the delivery of the weapons, the police said.
Kalu further revealed that he would supply illegal arms across the country at the behest of Richpal and was paid Rs.3,000-5,000 each time. He had many times supplied weapons in Agra and once before in Delhi, the police said.
The Delhi Police conducted raids at several possible hideouts of Richpal in Madhya Pradesh, but he managed to give them the slip. The police found that Richpal, his father Prem Singh and brothers Uttam, Mahender and Ateek were all involved in illegal arms supply. Richpal’s brothers were also absconding, but their bed-ridden father assured the police all help in arresting Richpal.
Kalu, a resident of Dhaba village in Madhya Pradesh, worked as a labourer before he came in contact with Richpal and took to illegal supply of arms to make easy money, the police said.