The police also recovered a country-made pistol and two cartridges from the trio.
Senior inspector Bhaskar Jadhav of the Bhosari police said, “Dilip Tiwari, who was residing at Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur district, hails from Fatehpur in UP and was serving his life term at Kalamba jail in Kolhapur. This was after a conviction for murdering his sister’s husband, two of the victim’s relatives and a friend, on May 16, 2004, over her inter-caste marriage.”
“During the pandemic, Tiwari was released on parole and since then did not return. We arrested him, when he was trying to sell a firearm in Bhosari,” Jadhav said.
Jadhav said that the police got a tip-off that a gang of three men had come to Bhosari for selling a firearm. The trap was laid and the police nabbed three men, including Tiwari, Chandankumar Rai (19) and Sugunkumar Rai (18), both currently staying at Ichalkaranji and originally from Vaishali district in Bihar. They were carrying the firearm worth Rs 82,000.
“During questioning, it was revealed that Tiwari had jumped the parole during the pandemic and has since been involved in the smuggling of firearms,” Jadhav said.
Jadhav said Tiwari has been handed over to the Waliv police in Mira-Bhayandar limits, where a case has been registered against him.
Another officer from the Bhosari police said that a prima facie probe revealed that Tiwari used to smuggle the firearms from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. “Our probe is on,” the officer said.