Two more arrested in Wadala arms haul case
Following the arrest of an externed criminal and his accomplice for possession of pistols meant for use by the US Army, the Wadala Truck Terminal police have made two more arrests and recovered a huge cache of arms from the residence of one of the accused in Bhakti Park, Wadala.
Badua Jamal Pasha (23), and Amir Rafiq Shaikh (20), were arrested on Monday, while Kaiyamatjan Pasha (45), and Rahim Raheman Khan (26), were arrested the next day. The items recovered so far are five US-made pistols, 30 live rounds, one revolver, several swords and knives, choppers and an axe. The police said the accused had received the arms consignment from a person in Bihar who is yet to be arrested.
According to the police, after receiving reliable information that a group of criminals were holed up in Bhakti Park, a police team was dispatched. When they reached the spot, accused Badua and Shaikh opened fire at the police team. The police retaliated and after an exchange of gunshots managed to arrest the duo. After intense interrogations, the duo opened up and revealed names of their accomplices, one of them happened to be Badua’s father. On Tuesday, a police team was sent to Kaiyamatjan and Khan’s houses, and they were arrested.
Datta Karale, deputy commissioner of police (Zone IV), said, “All the accused have been booked under Sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restrain) and 503 (threatening another with any injury to his person, reputation or property) of the IPC and under sections of the Arms Act. All of them have been remanded in police custody till Friday. Jamal and Shaikh, who were arrested on Monday, have also been booked under an additional Section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the IPC for attacking the police team.”
Karale further added, “Investigations have revealed that the father-son duo has visited Pakistan a couple of times to meet relatives. The reasons for their possessing arms is unknown, and investigations are ongoing.”
Five past cases are registered against Jamal and three against his father at the Sewri police station.