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2 arrested for home delivery of guns in Jaipur; Sold weapons through Instagram Reels

Criminals are now using Instagram Reels to showcase their weapons and even offering training on how to use them.

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March 20, 2023, 10:21 am

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An Instagram Reels post featuring weapons and contact numbers to purchase them.

JAIPUR: Rajasthan has seen a surge in the sale of illegal weapons through social media platforms, particularly Instagram and Facebook. Criminals are now using Instagram Reels to showcase their weapons and even offering training on how to use them. In a recent case, two miscreants were caught selling arms through videos on social media in Jaipur’s Karni Vihar police station.

To tackle this growing trend, a special team has been formed by the Commissionerate to keep an eye on social media and take appropriate action.

During an investigation, police arrested Vishnu Singh alias Ballu Rajpura and Dinesh alias Dinesh Bhurani for selling illegal arms and cartridges. The miscreants had purchased the weapons from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and were selling them in Jaipur after finalizing the deals through social media platforms.

According to DCP (West) Vandita Rana, the action was taken on February 24 at the Karni Vihar police station on Gandhi Path against miscreants who were selling weapons. Two individuals arrived in a white Swift Dzire car to supply illegal arms and cartridges to a buyer. The police team, led by SHO (Karni Vihar) Likhma Ram, conducted a raid and apprehended the illegal arms supplier, Vishnu Singh alias Ballu Rajpura (22) from Losal Sikar, and Dinesh alias Dinesh Bhurani (21) from Sedwa Barmer.

During the search of both miscreants, a countrymade pistol and 5 cartridges were found in their possession. They had come to Jaipur to sell illegal weapons and cartridges that they had purchased from Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The two suspects stated that the weapons were supplied to them by Jeevan Singh (25), Balvir Singh (20), and Giridhari Singh (26) who had looted them in Pali.

All three of them are residents of Pali. In the course of the investigation, the police also arrested three accomplice criminals who were involved in the car robbery. During the interrogation, the gang admitted to purchasing and selling more than a dozen illegal firearms

She said that during the investigation of the illegal arms sale, the mobile phone of Vishnu Singh alias Ballu Rajpura was checked. The investigators found several photo videos of illegal weapons and cartridges in the recently deleted folder of his phone. The mobile phone also contained numerous videos displaying illegal weapons and bullets. Ballu Rajpura had even created Instagram Reels of weapons, which he uploaded on his own social media account. Several people had contacted him to purchase weapons through social media.

First published: March 20, 2023