Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Maoist arms dealers arrested in Delhi, weapons seized

Maoist arms dealers arrested in Delhi, weapons seized(SECOND LEAD)

By Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) In one of the biggest arms recovery in the capital, the Delhi Police Tuesday arrested two people who were allegedly manufacturing and supplying sophisticated firearms to Maoists guerrillas.

The police late Monday arrested two men travelling to Delhi by train from Bihar for possessing arms, including 14 pistols and 28 magazines, said a senior police official.

The two, Alahuddin, 30, and Nizamuddin, 65, were arrested at the New Delhi railway station.

'They are residents of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, and supply arms to Maoist insurgents in Bihar,' said additional commissioner (Crime Branch) Muktesh Chander.

He said each 9mm pistol was worth Rs.100,000 and the weapons seized were locally made but of high quality.

Chander added: ' This is for the first time that such high quality pistols have been recovered. These arms were to be delivered to a gang in Meerut.

'The duo had boarded Vikramshila express for Delhi and were bringing weapons from Munger in Bihar.'

The two had been supplying weapons to Maoists outfits in Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

'They have confessed having supplied grenades to Maoists,' Chander said.

Police teams have been sent to Meerut, Kairana and Muzaffar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh and Munger in Bihar to conduct more raids. 'All these places have arms manufacturing factories,' he said.

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