Friday, December 11, 2009

Mini gun factories supplying firearms to naxalites unearthed in Bihar

PTIThursday, December 10, 2009 15:30 IST Email

Munger: Four mini gun factories were today unearthed and six persons involved in manufacturing illegal firearms and supplying them to naxalite outfits in Jharkhand arrested here, police said.

Superintendent of police M Sunil Naiak told reporters that the police today arrested two arms smugglers, Chetlal and Kundan, for supplying firearms to naxalites in Jharkhand.

The SP said Chetlal and Kundan were hardcore naxalites and wanted by the Jharkhand police in connection with several cases of naxalite activities.

Naiak said both Chetlal and Kundan were involved in smuggling of firearms, including machine guns from Nagaland and supplying the weapons to naxalites in Jharkhand.

Two 9 mm pistols and 30 rounds of live cartridges were recovered from their possession, the police said.

During interrogation, they provided vital information about their modus-operandi and on the basis of information supplied by them, the police raided Bardah village in Munger district and unearthed four mini gun factories and seized 17 country made pistols and equipment used for making firearms.

Those arrested by the police have been identified as Md Saddam, Tanvir, Md. Shakeer, Md. Parvez and Md. Heera.

Five of the arrested persons were minors, the SP said.

Maoist gun runners held
Patna, Dec. 10: Bihar police unearthed four illegal gun factories set up in the notorious Munger district to supply arms to Maoists in Jharkhand today, 48 hours before fourth phase of voting is to be held in the ongoing Assembly polls.

The police arrested five “gun mechanics” from the site at isolated Bardai village in Ganga diara in Munger, 190km from here, and seized two 9mm pistols, 17 country-made guns, besides 30 rounds of live cartridges, in the raids conducted after the interrogation of two hardcore Maoist leaders, Kundan and Chetlal.

Wanted by both Bihar and Jharkhand for the last two years, the rebel leaders were nabbed in Jamalpur by the Munger police who were reluctant to reveal the exact date of the duo’s arrest.

“Chetlal is a veteran guerrilla and head of the CPI(Maoists)’s clandestine ‘arms procurement and supply committee’. Kundan is his accomplice and also a guerrilla trained in armed warfare,” said the Munger SP, M. Sunil Nayak.

Kundan, he added, was from Chatra district of Jharkhand, while Chetlal was from Khadagpur in Munger district.

The arrested gun mechanics, who have revealed they learnt their craft at a Maoist training camp in a forest near Bokaro, were identified as Md Saddam, the 25-year-old ring leader, and Tanvir, Md Shakeer, Md Parvez and Md Heera, all of whom are below 18.

According to the police, during interrogation, Chetlal and Kundan had provided vital information on the mode of Maoist operations in Jharkhand and bordering areas in Bihar.

They confessed they had smuggled several machine guns from insurgency-hit Nagaland for supply to Maoist guerrillas in Jharkhand. “Their interrogation is in progress. We will get to know more later,” said Nayak.

Security forces were continuing their search in Bardai village, not ruling out the possibility of stumbling upon more such arms factories.

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