AHMEDABAD: Arms peddlers are making a killing in the state's commercial capital, Ahmedabad and the diamond capital, Surat— suggest recent figures in the illegal gun racket across major cities in Gujarat.

TOI had sought information from all the police stations of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Surat districts under the Right to Information (RTI) Act asking for the year-wise figures of seizure of illegal weapons and people arrested under the Arms Act so far.

The information shows a steady increase in number of seizure of illegal weapons from the mentioned districts. Topping the list is Ahmedabad city.

In 2001, 23 illegal weapons were seized in Ahmedabad city, but the number has shown a jump of more than 50 per cent in 2006 and by December it rose up to 73.

The number of arrests under the Illegal Arms Act also increased from 47 in 2001 to 120 in December 2006 in Ahmedabad city.

P K Jha, additional police commissioner, sector-1, Ahmedabad, says, "Illegal arms movement happens mostly from states like Bihar, UP and Madhya Pradesh, where these indigenous weapons, known as 'Tamanchas' in local parlance, are freely available."

"These firearms change hands in Gujarat as the profit margins are impressive here," Jha adds.

Illegal arms trade thriving in state-Ahmedabad-Cities-The Times of India