Four persons were arrested during a surprise raid in Goodalur near here on Sunday on charges of illegal sale of gun to local persons. A heavy smooth bore muzzle loading gun was seized from them.

Talking to press persons here on Sunday, Goodalur South Police Inspector Sangili Pichai said that the arrested were Manmadhan (58), Chinnadurai (49), Mayandi (23) and Maheshwaran (35).

However, three persons - Karuppsamy and Abi Mannan of Goodalur and Joshi of Kuthukkal of Kerala – managed to escape.

When the seven-member gang was roaming near the government seed farm at Thamaraikulam, the police surrounded and secured four persons. Abi Mannan and Karuppusamy acted as middlemen to sell the illegal weapon to the local people, he added.

The police are investigating as to where they procured the weapons and whether they had sold similar ones to anyone earlier.