New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) The Delhi Police has arrested a man for allegedly trying to smuggle 22 semi-automatic pistols in the Capital from Madhya Pradesh ahead of the Independence Day, officials said today.

Ugara Singh was part of a gang involved in supply of illegal arms and ammunition from Madhya Pradesh to Delhi, the police said.

Yesterday, the police learnt that an arm supplier would come near Bhairon Marg in Central Delhi to deliver a consignment of illegal weapons to a local conduit of a gangster, said Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime).

Around 9 PM, Ugara was nabbed near Udyan Nursery.

Twenty semi-automatic pistols were recovered from his possession, the officer said.

During interrogation, he told the police about a gang headed by one Bacchu Singh that was involved in supplying weapons for the last many years.

Ugara joined Bacchu’s gang about two years back.

The gang members used code words while talking on phones for deciding places to deliver the weapons, said Verma.

For instance, Taj Mahal denoted Sarai Kale Khan, Lal Quila for Bhairon Mandir among others, he added.

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