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Three held; five firearms seized in separate incidents

Police have arrested three persons and seized a total of five firearms from them in two separate incidents in the district, an officer said.

“One of the firearms seized from them was manufactured at Indian Ordnance Factory at Kanpur and of 0.32 bore,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Parag Manere told reporters.

He said police arrested Chandrakant Naik (28) from Dombivli (east) in the district on May 3 and seized from him the Kanpur-make revolver, besides a 7.65 mm bore pistol and 2 cartridges.

Police also picked up his accomplice, identified as Durgesh Mhatre, and recovered a country-made revolver and a cartridge from him on the same day.

The collective value of the weapons is Rs. 1.15 lakh, the officer said.

“Thane police are in the process of finding out from the Ordnance Factory whether the revolver was stolen from there,” he said, adding that police are also trying to identify the person who was supposed to purchase the weapon from Naik.

Another person, identified as Abhay Mhatre who is believed to be an aide of the duo, is absconding.

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