A 58-year-old Bangladeshi national, who was roaming around in Navi Mumbai with an unlicensed pistol was arrested by the city crime branch in the early hours of Sunday. He was identified as Anwar Hussain Altab Shaikh.
Police said that they had received a tip-off from a reliable source that Shaikh was coming in Kopri village in Vashi.
Based on the tip-off, the police laid a trap and caught him near a park in Kopri village in Vashi.
NB Kolhatkar, an inspector from the crime branch said, “On Saturday night, we had received information that a foreign national was coming to that area with some illegal firearms. We immediately alerted our officials and deployed them at different places in plain clothes.”
He added that within a few hours, one of our teams spotted Shaikh who was roaming suspiciously near the park. He was coughed and frisked. Police found a pistol and a live cartridge with him. He was taken to the police station for further investigation and later he was arrested.
According to Kolhatkar, the accused was staying in a rented house at Vashi for the past few months and he had all valid documents to stay in India.
“We are still investigating the case and this may lead us to a major detection. However, disclosing everything at this point won’t be possible for us,” Kolhatkar said.