Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): A cloth merchant who is a resident of Rajgarh district used to smuggle and sell country-made weapons under cover of clothes trading, Bhopal crime branch police said here on Saturday. The accused had come to the city to sell country- made pistols.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Shailendra Singh Chouhan told media that the accused Shakeel Khan (34), a resident of Sarangpur Rajgarh runs a clothes shop in Sarangpur. But in reality he is involved in selling and smuggling country-made weapons.
On Saturday, the crime branch got information that a person was standing near Subhash bridge crossing carrying a pistol and cartridge. Acting on the tip-off, police laid a trap and arrested the accused.
When the cops made a search they found that the accused was having one pistol and cartridge with him. He was arrested under sections of Arms Act 25/27.
He told the police one pistol gets him around Rs 20k to 25k. But he did not reveal the names to whom he had sold such pistols and from where he had bought them.
Police are trying to extract information from the accused. They have also come to know that the accused has a criminal record.