Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Arrested gang supplied arms to Maoists, PCPA, says CID

Express News Service Posted
online: Tuesday , Jun 16, 2009 at 0403 hrs

Kolkata : The five-member gang from Murshidabad, held from Second Hooghly Bridge with arms and ammunition on Sunday, was produced before a court on Monday.
According to CID sources, two persons were supposed to reach the Howrah station to deliver the consignment to the Lalgarh-based three-member group. The CID arrested the five — Nabin Soren, a resident of Garra, Sandip Murmu, a resident of Dharampur in Lalgarh, Buddhiram Mandi, a resident of Khasjungle, Jiten and Amit Mondal, residents of Jiaganj in Murshidabad.

“We have seized five sophisticated and improvised guns and 15 rounds of cartridges from the gang. The kingpin of the gang is the father and son duo of Jiten and Amit Mondal. They have been supplying arms to the Maoists for a long time. They have a factory in Jiaganj where they manufacture the hand-made guns and cartridges,” said Siddhinath Gupta, Deputy Inspector General, Operations, CID.

Gupta said there were three more cases against Jiten and Amit Mondal. “All the cases are related to smuggling of arms to the Maoists and other insurgent groups in the state. They have been arrested twice earlier for smuggling arms. Our investigation is on. We are now looking for their associates,” said Gupta. CID sources revealed that Jiten Mondal was arrested at Nakashipara in Nadia for arms smuggling last year. But he was released on bail after a few months.

The People's Committee for Police Atrocity (PCPA), however, denied the charges and said these men were trapped by the administration. “One of the arrested is a member of the committee. But they were never involved in arms-dealing racket. Police have arrested them on false charges,” said Chhatradhar Mahato of PCPA

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