Illegal arms dealer racket busted, Six including former Basketballer held, Four weapons with live rounds recovered by CCB :

Pramesh S Jain

Bengaluru CCB sleuths of organised crime wing has arrested a gang of six inter-state arms dealers on charges of arms act.

The arrested includes an international athlete, who has represented India’s basketball team in the commonwealth games have been arrested near tank bund road under cottonpet police station limits.

The accused has been identified as,Kingpin of the gang,Aslam guthal alias Aslam,45,the international basketball player and a alleged a congress worker,Dharmanna Devalappa Chouhan,38,both from Haveri,Javed Khan alias Javed,39,of Mysuru,Rayanna Gowda,27,of Hubballi,Syed Rizwan,alias Alauddin,39,of Bismilla Nagar and Rohan Mandal,27,of Marathalli.

The gang was arrested near tank bund road area of cottonpet while they were waiting to rob people.Acting on a credible information team headed by DCP Crime,KP Ravi Kumar and team swung into action and nabbed all the six accused and seized four weapons and live rounds from their possession.

Senior officer, told,already eight cases, including four under the arms act, are registered in various police stations in the city on Aslam.Rohan Mondal is from West Bengal and the cops have also confiscated three pistols,one revolver and eight rounds of live ammunition.

Azam,the boss of Aslam has photographed himself with several Congress leaders with the shawl of Congress flag on his shoulders.It is also said that he is a alleged Congress worker.

It is said that Aslam had formed his own network and used to sell these guns to rowdies for Rs 10,000 to 20,000. It is known that he is the disciple of Azam, who is a rowdy sheeter of Brigade he added.

Bhaskar Rao,Commissioner of police,told media persons that,a credible information was received by DCP Crime,KP Ravikumar acting on it the team headed by ACP,Ngaraj and team swung into action and rushed to the spot and nabbed all the six accused and seized all the illegal arms as three pistols,one revolver and 8 live rounds from their possession.

Bhaskar Rao,even said,in cottonpet limits our cops have arrested 6-member gang of arms dealers and robbers.One of them identified as Aslam is a national level basketball player.He is prime accused and a kingpin of the racket in the case.Usually sportsperson are trustworthy but it may not be true is every athlete’s case.

This gang procured arms in North India and sold here.The gang is said to have been supplying arms to local criminals at cheaper rates.A case has been registered in cottonpet police station under arms act and further investigation is on,and finally I appreciate,Joint CP,Crime,Sandeep Patil and his team as,DCP,Crime,KP Ravikumar,ACP,Nagaraj and his whole team who has nabbed the gang and busted the racket and a suitable reward will be given to whole team he added.