Bangalore, Apr 21: Supply of countrymade weapons from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to the city was on the rise and the police, in tandem with those states, would cut off the supply chain, Additional Commissioner of Police Gopal Hosur said today.
Speaking to reporters here, he said the city police had made 45 such seizures recently and the latest was the seizure of four firearms -- two shot guns and two .38 revolvers supplied from Bihar to a notorious rowdy who had eluded the police dragnet for a long time.
He said acting on a definite information, the Anti-Terrorist Squad, led by ACP K N Jitendanath, had arrested Azam alias Brigade Azam and four others and seized from them the four fire arms, 22 live cartridges and 14 sharp edged weapons. They were planning to murder another notorious rowdy Tanveer, of a rival group.
One of his accomplice was Mohammad Ali (24) from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. He was a hired killer and a sniper. The other three arrested were Zullu alias Sardar Ahmad (30), Aslam alias Mithai Aslam (40) and Ayub Khan (30), Mr Hosur said.
''This case shows that the gun running business from Bihar has become active and these country made weapons are made in a belt extending from Uttar Pradesh to Bihar,'' he said.
Azam, who was involved in eight cases of murder, attempt to murder and extortion, was on the run for few years. He was now mainly involved in extortion from real estate operators, he added.