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CHANDIGARH: Amidst the ongoing drive against anti-social elements launched on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police busted an inter-state illegal weapon smuggling module with the arrest of two Madhya Pradesh (MP) based Arms suppliers involved in large-scale of illegal manufacturing and supply of weapons from MP into Punjab as well as other states. The accused persons were apprehended from Madhya Pradesh by the team of Counter Intelligence Jalandhar.

Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav has identified the arrested persons as Harpal Singh of village Signoor in district Khargone and Kishore Singh Rathore of village Balwari at district Bharwani of MP. The police teams have also recovered a cache of 17 pistols of .32 bore along with 35 magazines, from their possession. “The preliminary investigations revealed that these weapons were meant to be supplied to criminal gangs associated with Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and Ravi Balachauria,” he said.

The development came after the Counter Intelligence unit arrested a person identified as Lovedeep alias Love from Maqsudan-Bidhipur Road in Jalandhar, after recovering one Pistol along with two cartridges from his possession. A case FIR No. 22 Dt. 31.07.2023 U/s 25 Arms Act, was registered against the above said accused in police station SSOC Amritsar.

The DGP said that following the backward and forward linkages during the investigation of backward and forward linkages, it has come to the fore that the recovered weapon was part of a consignment, supplied by inter-state weapon manufacturers and suppliers, suspected to be based in MP's Khargone and Bharwani districts. Following these inputs, a team of CI Jalandhar went to MP on Tuesday and managed to trace out and arrest both the accused arms suppliers, he added.

AIG Counter Intelligence Jalandhar Navjot Singh Mahal said that the operation is still going on and there is a high possibility of more recovery of arms and ammunition.


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