Mangaluru, August 25, 2017: The principal district and session court DK on August 24, Thursday sentenced a person to five years rigorous imprisonment finding him guilty of possessing an illegally manufactured pistol of prohibited bore.
The judge K S Bilagi also directed the accused Babu, 33, resident of Sasihithlu in Haleyangadi village of Mangaluru taluk to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 and undergo an additional 30 days imprisonment in case of default, public prosecutor K P Adyanthaya said.
Ramesh Hanapura, then PSI of Surathkal police station and his staff on a tip off had nabbed the accused near HMC weigh bridge near Surathkal with a pistol tucked in the waist of his pant. The pistol with a serial number 77770 with words ’only for army supply’ was embossed on it.
A case under Arms Act was registered against the accused. The judge heard testimony of six witnesses including expert N G Prabhakar, who testified that the pistol was a prohibited bore firearm.