Apart from Kumbhare, city police crime branch also recovered a pistol and magazines from one Tushar Dhawade, who too had shared a picture of the illegal firearm on social media.
In both cases, cops initiated the action not only against those who had uploaded the photographs on social media but also the owners of the illegal firearms as they too were named as accused in the cases.
The crime branch unit number three, under senior inspector Mahesh Sagade received information about Kumbhare uploading an image of himself along with the pistol as WhatsApp status. Kumbhare was arrested from Bhagyashree Nagar and the firearm was seized along with a magazine.
“Though Kumbhare had kept the status of the firearm only for a few minutes, we were informed about it. He had brought the pistol from one Manoj Bawane who too was arrested,” said Sagade, adding that Kumbhare was booked for kidnapping in 2010. “Bawane said that he has purchased the firearms from another person, who is now under our radar,” said Sagade, who worked under the supervision of DCP, crime, Mummaka Sudarshan.
In another case, a team of senior inspector Gokul Suryavanshi and sub-inspector Avinash Jayebhaye nabbed one Tushar Dhawade for sharing an image of a firearm with friends. He had brought the firearm from one Atul Vaid who too was nabbed. Apart from one pistol, a live round and knife were also recovered.