Munger police on Tuesday recovered parts of AK 47 rifle which were smuggled from Central Ordnance Depot (COD) in Jabalpur. According to Munger SP Babu Ram the parts were recovered from a well, where they were kept in a sack. The recovered parts include magazine -15, pistol grip-11, bridge bolt -3 , fold but- 11, gas tube -4, body cover -9, piston rod spring 2 and guard hand -36. So far 20 AK 47 rifles have been recovered from Munger, which were stolen from COD Jabalpur in MP by retired armoror Purushotam Lal Rajak in connivance with serving defence personnel Suresh Thakur. So far the investigations reveal that these AK 47s were sold to maoists and criminals.
"We are hopeful of more recoveries of ak weapons. New leads will be available for investigation after arrest of Irfan and Manji.Teams are engaged in search of absconding accused Purshottam, his wife, his son and senior store keeper of COD Suresh Thakur in Jabalpur jail. They have been remanded.Their interrogation can also reveal some new information," said Munger SP Babu Ram
On September 28, 12 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.
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.