INDIA. Mumbai: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepare to visit Dehu in Pune, Maharashtra, on Tuesday to inaugurate the Sant Tukaram shrine, the Pune police confiscated 1,105 bullets from a godown in Guruwar Peth on Saturday night and arrested the scrap dealer.
The bullets were found in the Havelli taluka godown “Gauri Ali,” and scrap dealer Dinesh Kumar Kallusingh Saroj was detained.
On Sunday, he was brought before the Pune Sessions Court, where he was detained in police custody till June 15.
The action was performed in response to a tip concerning illicit weaponry storage during an “all-out operation” campaign orchestrated by the Pune police before the VVIP movement in the district.
The police patrol team led by Police Inspector Sandeep Bhosale raided the premises and confiscated 56 live cartridges, 79 bad cartridges, and 970 bullet leads, estimated at Rs. 1.56 lakh from the spot, a statement by the Pune crime branch said.
The accused scrap dealer Dinesh Kumar Kallusingh Saroj (34), residing at Parvati Darshan, was arrested and an FIR under Arms Act and the Maharashtra Police Act, was registered at Khadak Police Station against him. Saroj is originally from the Pratapgad district of Uttar Pradesh.
The Joint Commissioner (Law and Order) Sandeep Karnik has directed all the police units to search for the externed criminals, goons, and wanted accused persons and take action against them, ahead of PM’s visit.
Speaking to the Transcontinental Times DCP (crime) Sriniwas Ghadge said that the investigation is going on to find out from where the accused procured such a large quantity of cartridges and bullets.
It is also being probed whether he supplied cartridges or firearms to anyone else in the city or elsewhere. Police sub-inspector Sanjay Gaikwad is conducting further investigations in the case.
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