Man with 250 cartridges held at Gangapur station


JAIPUR: The government railway police (GRP) has arrested a man for illegally possessing 250 cartridges when he was boarding the Amritsar-Mumbai train from the Gangapur City railway station in Sawai Madhopur district on Wednesday afternoon. The accused had hidden the cartridges in a belt tied around his chest and was nabbed before he could board the train. GRP has not ruled out the association of accused with Maoists in Madhya Pradesh.

At 12.10 am on Thursday a team of GRP at the Gangapur City railway station which is on the Delhi-Mumbai rail route spotted a man moving around suspiciously. While boarding the general class of the train, the youth started running away.

“We chased and nabbed him and checked him properly. It was later found that he had tied a belt on his chest with 250 cartridges hidden there. The man was identified as Rajesh alias Mangilal (20) and a case under appropriate sections of IPC and Arms Act were filed,” said Kishan Lal Meena, station house officer, GRP, Gangapur City on Thursday.

GRP suspects that as the accused hails from Gandwani village of Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh, he could have been working as ‘courier’ among the ammunition dealers of Sawai Madhopur and the Maoists in Madhya Pradesh.

“In the primary interrogation so far the youth told us that a local in Gangapur City had provided him 250 cartridges and had asked him to deliver it to a man in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. Thus, we have also contacted the MP police to provide us with information on the youth especially if he was involved in Maoist activities in Madhya Pradesh,” said Vineeta Vijayvargiya, deputy superintendent of police, GRP.

A joint team comprising of the local police and GRP are interrogating the accused. “We produced him before a local court and have taken him in police remand for six days to find out various things including – where did he get the ammunition from, where was he going to deliver it and is he a member of any arms dealer gang,” she added.

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