Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Huge arms cache seized in West Bengal, kingpin arrested

Zeenews Bureau

Kolkata, Jan 27: The West Bengal Police CID arrested Ashok Mondol said to be one of the biggest arms suppliers in the eastern region from Malda.

As per the investigations, Mondol has been running very active arms racket and used to supply weapons and ammunition to Naxals on a regular basis. He is also thought to be the man behind the “armed” Nandigarm rioters.

The CID, acting on revelations made by Mondol and his accomplices, raided a fish trader Anupam Chowdhury’s house at Baguiati in northern fringes of Kolkata and recovered a huge cache of arms — over 6,000 rounds of live cartridges, 25 guns (rifles, sten guns, pipeguns and muskets).

As per investigators, Mondol had taken the help of Chowdhury to store the arms safely.

The CID officials are looking into the possibility of the gangs’ involvement in any of the terror strikes that have rocked the nation.

They also opined that some staff of ordnance factories might also be involved in the racket as some of the weapons recovered were made at the ordnance factories in Bengal.

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