BENGALURU: Nine people, including a person who was illegally making and selling country-made single-barrel muzzle-loading guns in Tumakuru, have been arrested under the Arms Act. According to a press release, 42-year-old Krishnappa, a resident of Durgadahalli Halekote in Urdigere hobli of Tumakuru taluk, was illegally making guns and selling them. A carpenter, he had stored materials required to manufacture SBML guns and some explosives in his house.
Cost of the country-made guns ranged from Rs 10,000-Rs 20,000. Based on a complaint by constable Kiran TH, a case was registered under the Arms Act. Cops arrested Krishnappa and seized one country-made gun and gunpowder from his house. He was also repairing old and new guns.
The other arrested include those who purchased guns from Krishnappa – Chikkanagaiah, Shivaraju, Narayana, Narasimhamurthy, Narasaraju, Siddagangappa, and Maruthesh TV. Police seized one country-made gun from each. Cops also arrested Mohammed Ayaz Ahmed, 54, a welder from Balanakatte who is accused of welding metal pipes used in making the guns. tnn