Raids on arms dealer’s shops in Himachal, Haryana



    Shimla (Dec 27) Himachal Pradesh Police, today sealed five shops of an arms dealer, who was arrested near the India-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, for allegedly supplying arms to the Naxalites, said an official.

    The Special Operations Group of Uttar Pradesh Police, arrested two members of a gang, including Shimla-based arms dealer, Manvir Singh Bahra, and seized four sophisticated imported pistols and 1,400 ammunition from them in Bahraich district, about 130 km from Lucknow.

    “All five shops of Bahra, including two in Shimla town, were sealed. His house in Shimla was also sealed. However, no more arrest has been made in this connection,” Shimla Superintendent of Police, Sonal Agnihotri told Himvani.

    The five shops included four arms shops and one chemist shop.
    Agnihotri said Bahra’s arms shops at Theog town in Shimla district, at Arki town in Solan district and Kalka town in Haryana were also sealed

    He said 15 ATM cards and four mobiles phones were seized from the arrested persons.

    “Initial investigation reveal that the accused used to purchase arms and ammunition from an arms dealer based in Gwalior (in Madhya Pradesh) and sell some of them to the Naxalites,” Agnihotri said.

    “We are trying to find out if any other person from the state is also involved in this clandestine trade,” he added.

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