Lucknow: Muzaffarnagar police have busted an illegal arms manufacturing factory ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. A large quantity of arms and ammunition has also been recovered. Three accused including Sarfaraz from Kidwainagar and Shahid of Khalapar were arrested during the raid. SSP Abhishek Yadav has informed that weapons were being manufactured in a mango orchard near Badkali village under Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. 131 tamanche, paunia, gun etc.
Police said the accused have confessed in interrogation that they were going to sell the weapons in the electoral states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath's information advisor Shalabh Mani Tripathi has shared two videos showing a cache of illegal weapons recovered by the police during the raid. It may be recalled that Uttar Pradesh police has busted several such illegal arms manufacturing rackets in the last few days. A similar raid was reported by Muzaffarnagar police from its official Twitter account yesterday. During the raid, police seized 5 pistols of 315 bore, two pistols of 12 bore, six live cartridges, six semi-manufactured guns, six 12 bore barrels, eight 315 bore barrels, one drill machine, one welding machine, ten-metre cable etc.
Police had arrested Tamrez, who was accused in the case. He had been working in a factory on the closed Barla-Basda Road for a long time. Police said Tamrez, who had been jailed earlier for heinous crimes like murder, theft and possession of illegal weapons, had been dodging the police for a long time. Similarly, on January 13, Mathura police nabbed six accused named Mabba, Arif, Ansar, Shahnawaz, Kanjar and Bholi from Mathura for running an illegal arms manufacturing unit in a village under the border of Kosikalan police station. At least 25 country pistols and various bore weapons as well as more than 50 cartridges of various bores were recovered during the raid.