The Agra Police has uncovered an illegal weapon manufacturing factory in Agra, where perfect working replicas of international pistol brands like Webley Scott and Beretta were being manufactured.
So far the factory has circulated over 300 such replica pistols across the country through arms dealers, while 97 incomplete pistols and 315 cartridges have been recovered, three people involved in operating this factory have been arrested including Lokesh Sharma.
The mastermind of this entire operation who lives in the Sikandra area of the city ad also runs a coaching center.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Police sources told India Today that most of the pistols sold by Lokesh went to registered arms dealers. Harjit Singh Sarna, who owns three licensed weapon shops in Lucknow, also purchased weapons from Lokesh, who has been running the factory since 2012.
- SSP Agra Dr Pritinder Singh said that the names of several such gun houses have been discovered in the raid who were engaged in the sale of such illegally manufactured firearms and the other people involved in this racket will be arrested soon.
- Explaining the modus operandi of Lokesh, the SSP said that the gun houses sent the catalog to Lokesh according to the demand and Lokesh manufactured the replica pistol for which he received Rs. 1.5 lakh per pistol, while the arms dealers then sold that pistol for 6-8 lakhs.
- The Chinese Star Pistol, Webley, Beretta and other famous brands of pistols were being manufactured here. Harjit Singh Sarna, who was also arrested by the police, said that he sold these weapons to Naxalites from Bihar and Jharkhand while Lokesh also sold the pistols directly to Naxalites sometimes.
- The police have uncovered the names of several people from Jharkhand's Lodarma, Latehar, Gumla districts, which were being investigated.Several pistols have also been sold in Mathura, Firozabad, Etah and Mainpuri districts through a large gang that was being unraveled now. He said that if found necessary, the assistance of other agencies will also be taken. Accused in police custody
- Raju, a resident of Ghatiya Azam Khan, who was engaged in stamping the brand logo and other markings on the prepared pistol, has also been arrested. This is the first time when such an extensive operation of illegal arms manufacturing has been uncovered in Agra by the police.
- Lokesh Sharma told India Today that his father Madanlal Sharma is a retired teacher and was fond of weapons. Keeping weapons was his hobby and this hobby led to his friendship with several arms dealers.
- After retirement, his father started repairing weapons at the arms dealers and that gave Lokesh the idea of starting an arms factory of his own. In 2012, when his father stopped working at the arms dealers, Lokesh started a coaching institute at his residence in Nikhil Paradise colony of Agra and in the guise of the coaching institute, started manufacturing weapons.