Nagpur: Ganeshpeth cops, after a tip-off, swooped on a roadside tea stall in Santra Market area and busted an arms running racket in the early Friday morning. The tea stall owner was arrested and a pistol and a country-made gun were recovered from his possession.
Addressing a press conference, the DCP Zone-3 M Rajkumar said that the Ganeshpeth cops were receiving regular information about the accused tea stall vendor identified as Ramesh Sadashiv Krupala (59), resident of Ashirvad Nagar, Plot No. 506, near Rukhmini Lawn, was running the arms racket from his tea stall situated near 13 No. Octroi Post on Santra Market Road. Acting on the information, a team of policemen kept a watch on the tea stall and the activities of accused Ramesh. The tip-off emerged correct and subsequently, Ganeshpeth cops raided the tea stall on Friday (June 24) around 10.00 am and arrested the Ramesh Krupala who was found in possession of a pistol, country-made gun and three live cartridges.
The arms running racket was busted by API A P Taksande, NCP Anand Wankhede, Ajay Giradkar, Ashish Bahad, Ananta Garmode under the directives of DCP M Rajkumar and Senior PI M K Chavan.
According to sources, the accused Ramesh Krupala was running the tea stall since the past 20 years and the arms running racket since the past 10 years. His wife is a teacher in a school. Ramesh used to deal with illegal arms, most probably smuggled from other states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and had several clients of dubious characters. Interestingly, the accused Ramesh used to sale/purchase the illegal arms in the famous Shanichara Chor Bazaar on Saturdays.