Mangaluru: Five-year Rigorous Imprisonment for Man Holding Unauthorized Firearm

Mangaluru: On February 27, 2007 night, the then-inspector Venkatesh Prasanna from Mangaluru south police station, had arrested Dhananjaya, an associate of Krishna Shetty aka Kitti of Karkala, from the service bus stand in the city.

He was found possessing a live 0.38 bullet. On interrogation, he had confessed that Krishna Shetty had given him the bullet, a revolver and a magazine.

Based on what he revealed, another four bullets, the revolver and the magazine were seized from a house in Babbukatte near Thokkottu, which had been rented out by one Rajendra.

Two more bullets were seized from the house of Rajendra. A chargesheet had been filed in the court.

District and sessions judge M G Uma has ruled that the charges under section 25 (1A) have been proved.

It says that anyone whomanufactures, sells, transfers, converts, repairs, tests or proves, or exposes or offers for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale, transfer, conversion, repair, test or proof, any arms or ammunition is liable to be punished.

Accordingly, she has sentenced Dhananjaya, the first accused, to five years’ rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000. Failure to pay fine would entail a further rigorous jail term for a year.

The second accused, Rajendra, has passed away, while Krishna Shetty, the third accused, has been acquitted for lack of evidence.

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