A Chennai-based police constable was arrested for allegedly possessing an illegal country pistol at a hotel near the central bus stand in Trichy.
The incident, coming less than 24 hours after the Chennai police on Friday morning arrested two men at Thiruvottiyur and seized five pistols and 20 rounds of ammunition, has sent alarm bells ringing among police about a growing gun culture in the state.
Five pistols and fake Indian currency notes with a total face value of around Rs four lakh were seized in Chennai on Friday and two persons arrested in this connection.
The only common link so far is that all the seven guns came from the Jharkhand-Bihar region, while the seizure in Friday’s incident of fake ₹2,000 notes, with a face value of ₹4 lakh, added another dimension to the issue.
Meanwhile, a special team attached to the city police has left for West Bengal in connection with smuggling of country guns into the city on Friday.
Police had long believed that the crime scene in Tamil Nadu was under control mainly because guns were never able to penetrate its cities.