A suspended cop from Uttar Pradesh and his brother were arrested by Unit 5 of the Crime Branch on Monday for illegally supplying weapons in Mumbai.The accused duo, identified as Guruprasad Tiwari (55) and Satyaprakash Tiwari (48), was nabbed along with a country-made pistol, magazines and five live rounds.
According to police officials, Guruprasad, once an inspector in UP, was suspended a long time ago from police service. He then shifted base to Mumbai with his brother Satyaprakash, and started a security agency, eventually expanding the business to three security firms: SS Enterprises, Bhavan Enterprises and Rimzhim Security.
It was later discovered that the two accused were running the security set-ups for the last 10 years without any licence, and currently employ more than 80 people in the enterprises. Speaking to MiD DAY, inspector Shashikant Mane from Crime Branch Unit 5, said, “We got information through our local sources that a weapons deal was going to take place on Monday and that the two persons who were going to sell the weapons were in Zari Mari at the time, about to leave to seal the deal.”
Under the guidelines of senior inspector Avinash Sawant, a team consisting of inspectors Shashikant Mane and Sadanand Rane, API Anagha Satawase and constables Nandkishor Shelar, Ajay Nangre, Milind Sawant, Santosh Patil, Kiran Jadhav, Sunil Mahangade and Prithviraj Khandagale were dispatched to Zari Mari and they arrested the two accused from D’souza Nagar compound at 4 pm on Monday.
Inspector Mane said, “We will see to it that the illegal agency is closed down. At the same time, I feel that they will be hired by some other security agency.”According to police sources, the two started the security business so that they could supply these kinds of weapons brought from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Mane said, “In the name of these agencies, they used to supply weapons brought from other parts of the country.” Asked to whom and how many times did they supply weapons, Mane said, “We have got police custody of the duo and will now investigate why, to whom and since when they have been supplying these weapons.”
The accused duo has been booked under sections 3 (licence for acquisition and possession of firearms and ammunition) and 5 (sale) of Arms Act and 37 (1) (a) of the Indian Penal Code.