Delhi Police has arrested a 38-year-old man while busting a module that sold arms illegally through Facebook and other social media platforms.
Officials said on Sunday that the accused has been identified as Hitesh Rajput, a resident of Jodhpur in Rajasthan.
A senior police official said that while keeping a vigil on social media platforms, the police came to know that illegal arms were being sold on some Facebook pages and pictures and videos of arms and ammunition were also shared on them.
According to the official, the most prominent of the groups selling illegal arms in this way is the Lawrence Bishnoi group. He said that this matter is of utmost importance after the killing of gangster Jitendra Gogi in a shootout in a room of Rohini court and a case has been registered under appropriate sections of law.
Police said that during investigation, Facebook profiles belonging to Lawrence Bishnoi were searched and it was found that Rajput was illegally selling weapons on social media from a different profile.
Through technical surveillance, Rajput’s active profile was identified and a policeman posing as a buyer struck a deal with him on Facebook and chatted on WhatsApp, he said. The accused shared the video of the weapons and according to him the advance amount was deposited in the bank account.
Deputy Commissioner of Police KPS Malhotra said Rajput was arrested from Manesar in Haryana on Tuesday when he had come to collect the balance amount and forensic examination of his phone is being done.
Rajput has also been associated with anti-national elements and Pakistan. He is a habitual offender and has been lodged in various jails of Rajasthan.