Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fresh seizure of arms, ammo in city

Alok Mishra, TNN 15 November 2009, 06:28am IST

PATNA: In a major breakthrough, Patna police finally caught Subodh Singh. He is wanted in connection with the recovery of a rich haul of explosives
besides rifles and cartridges from Patna and Gaya in Bihar and Ranchi, Hazaribag and Bokaro in Jharkhand during successive raids earlier this month.

Patna senior superintendent of police Vineet Vinayak on Saturday said Subodh, son of Rabindra Singh, and his wife were arrested from a house at Ramnagari under Rajeev Nagar police station on Friday night. A pistol, 650 rounds of cartridges, SIM cards, fake driving licences, PAN and identity cards and Naxalite literature were seized from the place.

Subodh later led the police to a house in F sector under Kankerbagh PS from where three automatic rifles, 720 live cartridges, CDs and Naxalite literature were seized. The rifles were kept in the cabinet of a book shelf, Vinayak said.

Quoting neighbours, the SSP said the house had been taken on rent by one Prince alias Rakesh Ranjan for the last four years. Subodh, in collusion with Prince, used to stock the explosives, arms and ammunition there and transport the stuff as and when demanded by the Naxalites, he said.
On the basis of confessions made by Subodh, police also seized six vehicles of a travel agency owned by Prabhat Singh, a resident of road number 11 of Ashok Nagar. From Prabhat's house, police seized another Ambassador car, which had in its boot a special cavity. Arms and ammunition used to be hidden there while being transported. Altogether, 275 cartridges of different makes were recovered from that cavity, Vinayak said.

Police have also seized five VIP beacon lights, nameplates of some senior officials of the income-tax department, CDs and Naxalite literature from Prabhat's house. Prabhat, who used to supply vehicles to ferry Naxalites and explosives to various places, the SSP said, adding that police were on the lookout for Prince and Prabhat.

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