Aurangabad/Pune: The Aurangabad city police’s Crime Branch on Monday night seized sharp weapons, like swords and knives, purchased illegally through online shopping portal - Flipkart.
Seven persons including owner of a courier company and buyers of weapons have been arrested and six more have detained in connection with the case.
Acting on a tip-off, the sleuths raided Instacart courier company’s offices in Nageshwarwadi and Jai Bhawaninagar. A total of 12 swords, 13 knives and some other sharp-edged weapons were seized, the Crime Branch official said.
FIRs have been registered under relevant sections, including the Arms Act, with Kranti Chowk and Mukundwadi police stations.
According to the police, 23 people had bought the weapons under the guise of toys. Only the address of the buyer was given on the parcel and not the phone number. The parcels have arrived from Amritsar in Punjab and Bhiwandi near Mumbai.
Courier company owners Swapnil Dahiwalkar, Vikas Mahadu Dalwe and Zubair Dilawar Shah, have been remanded in police custody till June 4.
The buyers, Sagar Bansilal Paswan of New Hanunman Nagar, Navid Khan Ubed Khan of Usmanpura, Chandan Anant Lakholkar of New ST Colony in CIDCO, Mukesh Bhagwan Pachawne of Lahujinagar, Harsul, have been remanded in police custody till May 31.
On May 11, Aurangabad had witnessed clashes between groups of two communities allegedly over illegal water connections that claimed two lives and left over 60 people, including 12 policemen, injured.