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Delhi Police busts International Arms trafficking racket where gun supply is from Pakistan

The 0.30 bore pistls seized were of Chinese and Russian make while two of the 0.22 bore pistols included a Walther (German) and Sig Sauer (USA)

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  • Delhi Police busted an international arms trafficking racket and arrested the two accused  after a brief exchange of firing
  • A consignment of 10 sophisticated foreign made pistols was recovered
  • Mohammad Rehan and Mohammad Qurban, two brothers who are residents of Khurja were identified as the accused

August 19, 2016: The Delhi Police has busted an international arms trafficking racket and arrested the two accused after a brief exchange of firing on August 18 near Indraprastha Park in Delhi. The guns were being supplied from Pakistan via Nepal by terror organizations in India and sold in different parts of the country.

A consignment of 10 sophisticated foreign made pistols was recovered by the Special cell, the anti-terror unit of the Police. 10 pistols and 157 live cartridges were recovered. The 0.30 bore pistols seized were of Chinese and Russian make while two of the 0.22 bore pistols included a Walther (German) and Sig Sauer (USA), reports The New Indian Express.

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Mohammad Rehan and Mohammad Qurban, two brothers who are residents of Khurja were identified as the accused. According to the report by New Indian Express, they were caught when they had come near Indraprastha Park to deliver the pistols and ammunition to one of their suppliers. The Special Cell sleuths intercepted them and resorted to firing at them and they were caught.

Delhi Police Special Cell officials display pistols recovered after they busted an arms racket in New Delhi on Jan.13, 2014. Two persons were arrested. (Photo: IANS)
Delhi Police Special Cell officials display pistols recovered after they busted an arms racket in New Delhi on Jan.13, 2014. Two persons were arrested. (Image Source: IANS)

This year in 2016, the Delhi Police has busted many guns supplying racket in the capital. In April, illegally manufactured guns were seized by the Delhi Police Special Cell and in May, the Crime Branch busted a gang recovered 11 country–made firearms. The weapons were manufactured in Uttar Pradesh and the raids recovered 0.315 bore rifles and 0.32 bore pistols that were priced between Rs. 25,000 and 30,000in NCR and in Delhi for as much as Rs. 50,000, reported the leading news portal.

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Also, a team of Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) busted a syndicate engaged in supply of illegal arms. Several arms smugglers were arrested and many firearms and ammunitions were recovered.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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Thousands Of Live Animals, Meat, Ivory, Seized In Illegal Trade: Interpol

The live animals recovered in the stings included turtles in Malaysia and parrots in Mexico

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In this photo taken in May 2018 in Ecuador and provided by Interpol on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Ecuadorian police officers inspect a bird of prey.
In this photo taken in May 2018 in Ecuador and provided by Interpol on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Ecuadorian police officers inspect a bird of prey. VOA

Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers.

The live animals recovered in the stings included turtles in Malaysia and parrots in Mexico. Canada intercepted 18 tons of eel meat arriving from Asia. Those arrested included two flight attendants in Los Angeles and a man in Israel whose house was raided after he posted a hunting photograph on social media.

Operation Thunderstorm, involving 92 countries, yielded seizures worth millions of dollars during May, Interpol said Wednesday.

“The results are spectacular,” said Sheldon Jordan, Canada’s director general of wildlife enforcement.

Acknowledging the magnitude of the problem, Jordan said global wildlife crime is worth about $150 billion annually and is fourth in value among illegal global trades behind drugs, counterfeiting and human trafficking.

Criminal syndicates that smuggle flora and fauna often take advantage of porous borders and corrupt officials, transporting illicit cargo at an industrial scale.

The Thunderstorm swoop included the confiscation of 8 tons of pangolin scales, half of which was found by Vietnamese authorities on a ship from Africa.

Africa’s four species of pangolins are under increasing pressure from poachers because of the decimation of the four species in Asia, where pangolin scales are used in traditional medicine.

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A total of 43 tons of contraband meat – including bear, elephant, crocodile, whale and zebra – 1.3 tons of elephant ivory, 27,000 reptiles, about 4,000 birds, 48 live primates, 14 big cats and two polar bear carcasses were also seized. Several tons of wood and timber were also seized.

China, the world’s largest ivory consumer, banned its domestic trade starting this year in what conservationists hope will relieve pressure on Africa’s besieged elephant populations. While some herds are recovering, a high rate of killing continues in many areas, such as Mozambique’s Niassa reserve.

Some 1,400 suspects were identified worldwide, Interpol said. Two flight attendants were arrested in Los Angeles carrying live spotted turtles to Asia in personal baggage, said Interpol. Both suspects have been charged with smuggling protected species.

Participating nations were from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. The Pacific nation of Vanuatu, which is not an Interpol member, took part.

Officers searched cars, trucks, boats and containers, sometimes using sniffer dogs and X-ray scanners.

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The operation, Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock said, showed that wildlife traffickers use the same routes as other criminals, “often hand-in-hand with tax evasion, corruption, money laundering and violent crime.” (VOA)