Jamshedpur, April 15: Police here arrested six persons and seized as many firearms from different parts of the city during the past 24 hours.
Four of the arrested persons belonged to a criminal gang that had fired at a Sakchi-based businessman Aslam Churiwala at Sakchi Mohammedan Line on April 5, whereas the two remaining accused were caught with fire-arms separately.
Those arrested in connection with the firing on Churiwala were identified as Md Gulrez (19), Md Asraf (20), Md Waris (20), all residents of Mango, and Md Zafir, a resident of Sakchi. The remaining two accused were Vivek Singh (27), a resident of Jawaharnagar in Mango, and Md Ramzan (24), a resident of Azadnagar in Mango.
Addressing the newsmen on Friday, senior SP, Anoop T Mathew said that acting on a tip-off today morning that Waris, who was one of the accused in a firing incident at Mohammedan Line at Sakchi on April 5, was standing at Sakchi, the police swung into action.
“As we got the tip-off the Sakchi police station OC, Anjani Kumar Tiwary formed a raiding party and nabbed Waris. On searching, the police recovered a loaded pistol from the possession of Waris.
On being grilled, Waris divulged that the remaining three members of the gang, namely Gulrez, Asraf and Zafir were standing near Sitla Temple in Sakchi. The police team subsequently raided the place and nabbed the three,” said Mathew.
He said that on searching, the police found one loaded pistol from each of the three. Apart from the pistol, the police also recovered a sports bike (JH-05-N0086) from the trio which had been used in the firing on Churiwala.
Talking to the newsmen, Mathew said that the four accused said that they had attacked Churiwala at Mohammedan Line on the directives of Chhota Bacha who is presently lodged in Ghaghidih Central Jail.
“During probe he divulged that Chhota Bacha wanted to threaten Churiwala as the latter was a prosecution witness against him.
But as Churiwala had already deposed before the court by defying the threat on his life, Bacha’s hired men were this time hatching a plot to murder the businessman. Therefore they were waiting for a right opportunity today,” said the senior SP.
In another incident, the police got a tip off that Vivek Singh had a sophisticated pistol at home. On getting the information, a police team led by Mango inspector Fulan Nath raided his house and recovered a .9 mm loaded pistol, which he had hid under the bed.