12 persons from UP travelling in Dakshin Express held; 150 live rounds found
The accused try to escape on seeing the police at Jangaon railway station but were arrested
Sajjanar, SP, urges property owners not to let out their properties to unknown persons
WARANGAL: The district police arrested 12 persons and recovered seven SBBL guns, three DBBL guns, two .32 revolvers and 150 live rounds of ammunition here.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, Superintendent of Police V.C. Sajjanar said following a nation wide terror alert, the district police checked passengers of Hyderabad-bound Dakhsin Express in the wee hours of Thursday. They found 12 persons hailing from Uttar Pradesh carrying weapons concealed in bags. They tried to escape on seeing the police at Jangaon railway station but were arrested. They would be produced in court, he said.
The arrested are: Chandra Prakash Tiwari, Raghuveer Singh, Govind Singh, Surendera Singh, Rakesh Singh, Ravindra Singh, Dharmendra Singh, Jaykaran Singh Bhadavriya, Rajesh Singh, Karan Sngh, Ranbeer Singh and Pradeep Kumar Singh – all of them belong to Paraunkh village of Kanpur district.
Mr. Sajjanar said the arrested gave contradicting versions about the possession of weapons and their journey to Hyderabad. “They say they obtained licence in Kanpur to use the weapons in crop protection. We have to verify if such weapons are used for such purpose. Moreover, they are not supposed to carry weapons without permission of the local magistrate. We have booked cases under the Arms Act,” the SP said.
Similarly, the police also arrested 25 persons travelling by AP Express at Kazipet on Thursday evening. They were later released after questioning.
Following information from higher officials, the district police were on a high alert. About 300 policemen sporting bullet-proof jackets and carrying AK-47 lay in wait for Dakshin Express to arrive.
Plea to citizens
Meanwhile, Mr. Sajjanar urged people to keep the police informed about any suspicious persons or objects in their surroundings.
He also urged the property owners not to let out their properties to unknown persons.
The police will keep a vigil at all public places and places of worship across the district and the public should cooperate with the police on duty, he added.