Following the arrest of many suspected offenders in the interstate arms racket in September, Patna police on Tuesday have arrested yet another suspect named Manzar Alam, who is a wanted kingpin in the smuggling of AK 47 rifles in Bihar’s Munger District.
On a special input, Manzar’s hotel room in Buddha Colony area of Patna, where he was staying with a different name, was raided by the police officials. They arrested him from the hotel and also recovered a pistol and 6 cartridges with him.
Earlier in June 2014, Manzar had managed to evade police arrest, when the Patna police had raided Mithapur bus stand and seized an ambassador car in which was used to smuggle weapons.
Now the case has been handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA). Henceforth, Manzar will be handed over to NIA for further interrogation.
“On a tip-off, we arrested Manzar from a hotel in Buddha Colony. He has confessed to the police of supplying AK 47 to criminals in different areas,” said, Patna SSP, Manu Maharaj
So far, Munger police have recovered 20 AK 47 rifles and its various other parts. These AK-47s were reassembled from the parts of the discarded rifles that were stolen from Central Ordnance Depot in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur.
These AK-47s have been regularly smuggled within many parts of North India by different people involved in the arms racket, including retired armourer Purushottam Lal Rajak who was arrested by the Bihar police earlier in September for smuggling the rifles in the state. While many rifles have been recovered earlier also, the total tally has increased to 20 now. As per the police reports, 13 people have been arrested so far in the interstate arms racket.
This racket came into light a month back when a person called Imran carrying AK-47 in a bag was arrested from Jamalpur Railway Station. Later on his statement, his relative Shamsher was also arrested by the police for his involvement in the smuggling racket.