While the police are yet to find out the person who hired them, the two were identified as Rajkumar Uke (28) and Sandeep Khandu Pawar (27). Investigation revealed that the two are aides of D-Company gangsters.
Though the police initially recovered sharp weapons from their possession, they learnt that Pawar had hidden other weapons in a car parked in Ghatkopar.
“We immediately sent a team to inspect the car , but primary search revealed nothing. It was an awkwardly tilted mirror that raised our suspicion. A mechanic was then called to dismantle the rear door. Once dismantled, the officials found a country-made pistol and a few cartridges,” an official said.
During interrogation, Uke revealed that he had stashed yet another consignment of a pistol and 10 cartridges at his friend’s residence, which too were confiscated. Both Uke and Pawar are history-sheeters.
DCP Mahesh Ghurey (zone VII) said, “During interrogation we learnt about several big crimes that were supposed to be executed in the near future.”