Agra: Ahead of the Panchayat elections, four persons were arrested on Friday morning for allegedly running an illegal firearms factory in Karsana village under Amapur police station of Kasganj district. A cache of finished and unfinished weapons along with machinery used in manufacturing these arms was recovered from the spot.
According to police, the exact time since the illegal arms factory was operating is yet to be ascertained. There is a high possibility of weapons manufactured at the centre being used in the upcoming Panchayat elections.
Additional superintendent of police (ASP) Aditya Verma said, “Following a tip-off, a police team was directed to conduct a raid on an illegal firearms factory on Friday morning. Over a dozen finished and unfinished weapons, large stock of machinery and raw materials used in manufacturing of arms and ammunition were recovered. A total of four men were arrested. An FIR has been registered against them under the Arms Act. The Gangsters Act will also be slapped on them.”
The four men arrested by the police include Brijlal, Rinku, Sarvesh and Pradeep. All four are residents of Kasganj district and have previous criminal history.
Explaining the modus operandi of the gang, ASP said it would cost around Rs 500 to manufacture each gun. “This is a professional gang. They would manufacture at least four guns every day. Using their contacts, they have been supplying weapons for around Rs 5,000 in Agra, Etah, Firozabad, Mainpuri and other districts of Agra and Aligarh division. We are trying to identify their contacts and customers.”