The gun recovered from Ernakulam during evidence collection (Photo: T. K. Pradeep Kumar)
Kochi: The gun recovered from Ernakulam during evidence collection, which was reportedly used to kill Tamil Nadu Special Sub Inspector Wilson at the Kaliyakkavilai check post, was made in Italy, police said.
The Q branch of TN police also clarified that the firearm was used by the army.
Officials said they were investigating as to how the accused procured the gun. Scientific tests will be conducted to ascertain if the gun recovered was the one used to kill the police officer.
Earlier, the police had arrested Al Ummah chief Mehboob Pasha, who is the mastermind behind the case and his accomplices. Investigations are on to find the terrorist links of the accused.
The gun was recovered at the crucial time when the case was being handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The gun that was used to shoot Wilson at Kaliyakkavilai was located from a drainage canal near Ernakulam KSRTC bus stand on Thursday morning.
Police brought the two accused, Abdul Shameem and Thoufeeq, to the location and conducted evidence collection. The gun was located within 5 minutes of the evidence collection process.
The Tamil Nadu Q branch team conducted the search based on the statement given by the accused. The gun that was located from the gutter was being examined. The TN Q branch team completed the evidence collection with the help of Kerala police and the corporation staff.
Police conducted search on Wednesday near the Kaliyakkavilai checkpost area and near the residence where the culprits stayed.