By: Pune Pulse
November 9, 2023
Pune: At least 19 instances of the use of firearms in broad daylight have been reported in Pune and the nearby Pimpri-Chinchwad, including two in which police and criminals exchanged gunfire in 2023.
While 16 of the 19 firing incidents have occurred in Pune alone, with the police locating and seizing the involved firearms. Based on publicly available information, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissionerate (PCPC) police claimed to have seized 150 firearms this year as part of preemptive weapon recovery drives. This is in contrast to the three firing incidents that were reported in the PCPC area.
Three attackers opened fire at a jeweler on B T Kawade Road in Wanowrie in the most recent shooting incident. The previous firing incidents included two reports from Chatuhshrungi, two from Khadaki, two from Swargate, two from Warje, two from Khadakwasla, and two from Wagholi, Hadapsar, and Chakan.
Anil Ramdev Sahu, a resident of the Darbhanga district of Bihar, passed away on October 31 at around two in the morning following a single attacker’s bullet wound to his forehead.
A delivery boy who was going to a society in Wagholi earlier on October 24 was assaulted and shot with a pistol.
Five men were arrested on July 5 after the Pune crime branch team opened fire on them while they were preparing to steal money from a State Bank of India (SBI) ATM in Warje Malwadi. On May 12, a prominent businessman in the PCPC area was shot and killed by his rivals in Talegaon Dabhade.
According to a senior police official, the rise in firing incidents is related to past animosity between criminal gangs that resulted in violent attacks.