THE ILLEGAL ‘Make in India’



MUMBAI: An Andheri–based NGO Anvay Nivaran Nirmulan Seva Samiti has allegedly been involved in a racket of providing illegal revolvers to its members. The revolvers are illegally procured under the seal of the Mumbai police. The NGO is based opposite City Mall at Link road.

Members of the NGO have allegedly been misusing the revolvers given to them for threats and extortion purposes. The Samiti allegedly charges Rs. 3,00,000 to Rs. 5,00,000 towards membership fees for procuring a dummy German made revolver along with a certificate from the police department.

The NGO also has a branch in Mulund and Ghansoli. The revolvers are allegedly being supplied to Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and other parts of the country. A fresh probe is being conducted by the Ghatkopar crime unit as per the crime jurisdiction. Cal.380 R.K. Detective Special by Colt Starter revolver no. M09351476, made in Germany was produced by Raju Sudam Sheth. The revolver was examined and found to be a starter revolver. The same cannot be converted and repaired to be used as firearms. As it does not fall under the definition of “Arms” under Section 2(c) specified in Chapter –I of the Arms Act, 1959, and as per Appendix –II, Rule VII of Maharashtra Arms Act Manual, no licence under the Arms Act is required for its possession and use.

One 9mm starter pistol no.G-103259895 by Carl Walther Waffen Fabrik, made in Germany was produced by Kannan GanpatIyer at Charkop in Kandivali was examined and found to be a starter pistol and the same cannot be converted and repaired to be used as firearms.

Kannan Iyer, a member paid Rs. 3,50,000 to the Samiti President Raja Bhau Sheth, alleges Mohan Krishnan, President of the National Anti-Corruption and Crime Preventive Council. For this amount, Iyer was given a revolver along with a certificate from the office of the Commissioner of Police. Iyer never visited the office of the Commissioner nor did he sign any document.

Krishnan alleged that Seth had taken Rs. 6,00,000 from Chetan Thakur, a local MNS leader from Malwani, Malad. Seth had also taken money from Aruna Thakur, wife of Bhai Thakur of the Thakur gang.

M/S. Opportune distributors are reported to be using a letter from the Police Arms and Ammunition Department for the sale of revolvers.

The officers of Arms and Ammunition Wing of Mumbai Police, had indiscriminately and recklessly issued certificates to 472 persons in 2010 and 205 persons in 2011. Krishnan alleged that in none of the cases, the persons who acquired such weapons and certificates, had to visit the office of the Commissioner of Police.

Satish Tawde, Police Inspector, Ghatkopar crime branch unit said “There is a fresh probe in the case. We have got the information that the NGO Anvay Nivaran Nirmulan Seva Samiti has it’s base in Ghansoli too. The statements are being recorded. I cannot divulge more details since the matter is being investigated.”

A case was registered at Mulund police station under Section 467, 468, 471, 420, 406, 506 (ii) and 120(B) under the Indian Penal Code.

Krishnan had exposed a systematic racket of extortionists selling arms indirectly. He alleges that the officers of the Mulund police station were supporting them for money.

“We raised questions to the authorities such as under what provisions of law, such applications were entertained and certificates issued. There is no such provision to test such an article and issue certificates by using seal and signature,” said Krishnan. “Genuine people facing threats to their lives do not get licence for long, as time is taken into scrutiny. While we had exposed the racket of import and sale of starter pistols, along with the certificate of Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai, the police did nothing as mighty fishes were involved,” added Krishnan.

Krishnan alleged that Mahesh Patil, the then Crime Police Inspector of Mulund police station had earlier abused and threatened him for exposing the arms racket. The then Senior Police Inspector of Mulund police station used the usual police language abusing and threatening each one of us for the serious offence committed by us.

“Our statement as witnesses were recorded in the incident of ice-cream factory which we were not concerned with. Nobody in the police station talked about recovery of huge amount taken from each member. The officer recording one statement hinted that the amount was already spent. We learnt that the amount of Rs.50 lakh was given by the accused to hush up the matter,” said Krishnan.

By Kainaz Choksey