Arms dealer, brother held for forgery in UP's Ballia

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Ballia (UP), Apr 3 (PTI) An arms dealer and his brother have been arrested here for allegedly forging documents of sale of bullets, police said on Saturday.

Seraj Alam and Meraj Alam, who own a shop in the Loha Patti locality, were arrested on Friday on the basis of a complaint lodged by Kotwali police station SHO Bal Mukund Mishra, Additional Superintendent of Police Sanjay Yadav said.

The case was registered under various sections of the IPC and the Arms Act, the police added.

As per the case, arms licence holder Manager Singh, a retired CRPF trooper and resident of Dumri village under Dubhar police station, had bought only 10 cartridges from the accused but the dealer forged documents to show he had bought 50 cartridges each on three dates — August 27, August 28 and September 1.

This way the accused supplied 140 cartridges, which were recorded as sold to Singh, to unauthorised persons, the police said.

The matter came to light after the Ballia district administration last week launched a campaign to probe the instances in which an arms licence holder bought more than 100 cartridges.

Investigation revealed that the accused forged Manager Singh's signature and his licence, the police said. PTI Corr NAV IJT