Four held with weapons in Ahmedabad, police probe arms racket

Ahmedabad, March 5 (IANS) The Ahmedabad crime branch began probing an inter-state arms racket Friday, a day after four people were arrested and seven weapons seized from them, police said.

Acting on a tip-off, police nabbed a man identified as Arun Vishwakarma and recovered a pistol from him. A search of his residence led to the recovery of another pistol and two revolvers, officials said.

The probe unravelled more links, leading to the seizure of three more weapons and the arrest of three others.

Metropolitan court judge P.T. Patel has sent the four to police remand for seven days.

Investigators say the seized weapons have better finish than the country-made revolvers that are usually sought to be smuggled in from neighbouring states.

The suspicion is on an inter-state racket in arms for the weapons seized are generally of the type found in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and used by gangs there, police sources said.

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