and the one recovered from them was meant for a high-profile gangster of western UP.
"They had procured the AK-47 at around Rs 2.5 lakh and it was to be sold at Rs 2.8 to 3 lakh," said an official.
Police said they had been tracking Shamim for the past one year after the arrest of two persons -- Niranjan Mishra and Mohd Firoz Alam -- along with a huge haul of 99 illegal pistols on July 16 of last year.
Police had learnt that Shamim was to have received the illegal weapons and would then have further supplied the same to his contacts in Delhi, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli.
After inquiries that lasted almost a year, a tip-off was received on Sunday that Shamim and his associates would come to Yamuna Vihar in a white Tata Indigo to deliver a huge cache of Munger-made semi-automatic weapons to a contact.
Accordingly, a trap was laid and the trio was apprehended. The AK-47 and 20 pistols were recovered from a bag which was being carried by Shamim. Five pistols were recovered from Mohd Tasleem's bag while the remaining five firearms were recovered from the cavity inside the left rear door of the car upon the instance of driver Vijaypal.
A case under appropriate sections has been registered in the matter at the Special Cell Police Station. The revelations made by the accused during interrogation are being verified while efforts are also on to identify the intended recipients of the weapons.
"We are trying to ascertain their past links. To whom have they supplied weapons in the past. One Sadaullah of Munger has emerged as the main supplier of these weapons. Efforts are on to reach the source of these weapons," said Shrivastava.