Over 2,000 Cartridges Found In Delhi, Cops Say Terror Angle Not Ruled Out

The accused were arrested from Anand Vihar area ofthe national capital with two bags ofcartridges.

About 2,000 live cartridges were recovered from their possession (File)

New Delhi:

Delhi police have arrested six people for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of ammunition ahead of Independence Day, officials said today.

A total of 2,251 live cartridges were recovered from their possession, they added.

The accused were arrested from Anand Vihar area of the national capital with two bags of cartridges.

Vikramjit Singh, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Eastern Range, said that the consignment was meant to be supplied to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. He added that the police have not ruled out a terror angle in the case yet.

"Of the six people arrested so far, one is from Dehradun. He is the owner of a gun house. Prima facie, it appears to be done through a criminal network. However, police are not ruling out a terror angle," Mr Singh said.

Security has been tightened across the national capital as India gears up for the Independence Day celebrations on August 15.

Police have also intensified patrolling and vehicle checks.

Tight security arrangements have been made at all sensitive places in Delhi, including Metro stations, railway stations, airports and markets, police said.

Hotels, parking lots and restaurants are being checked, and a verification drive of tenants and servants is being carried out, officials added.

"On the occasion of Independence Day, more than 10,000 police personnel will be deployed in different roles across the Red Fort and the routes leading to the venue. We have made flawless and foolproof security arrangements for the day," Special commissioner of police (law and order) Dependra Pathak was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.