In a shocking development in the interstate arms racket that was busted by the joint effort of the Bihar police and MP police,12 more AK-47 rifles have been recovered from a well located in Wardha Village of Munger city of Bihar by the Munger police. The Bihar police have earlier arrested a gang member named Imran who is closely involved in the arms racket. Now, they have arrested another smuggler named Mohd Tanveer after investigation. So far, the count of the total arrests has reached to 12.
The arms racket of the discarded AK-47s came into light a month back when Republic TV reported the confession of the kingpin of the racket, Purushottam Lal Rajak. Purushottam Lal Rajak was an employee of the Ordnance factory in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh from where the ex-armourer stole the discarded AK-47 rifles and supplied them to the Maoists.
Gang member Imran was arrested from Jamalpur railway station in Bihar by the police while he was carrying the AK-47s in his bag. His relative Shamsher was also arrested for being involved in the racket after his statement was recorded by the police. Purushottam Lal Rajak also confessed that he used to reassemble the parts of the AK-47s and supply them to their arms agents who would further supply them to the Maoists.
Munger district in Bihar is predominantly known for illegal arms production in India. While speaking to Republic TV, Superintendent of Police in the Munger city said:
“On a tip-off, the police team conducted a raid at the New Jalpaiguri in Bengal’s Siliguri district and captured Mohd Niyazur. After being arrested, he was brought to Munger for interrogation by the team.”
Niyazur Rahman and his elder brother were interrogated by the Munger Police.
SP Babu Ram also said, “This is a matter of great concern for the state police that the AK-47s have reached the hands of such gangsters and extremists.”
The police have nabbed an army personnel named Suresh Thakur, also in the matter. He colluded with Purushottam Rajak in the racket after he lured him into the smuggling business of the unused AK-47 rifles.
While the military intelligence is investigating the matter, the case is expected to be taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).