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Baguiati arms haul leads to ordnance factory link

Two days after the recovery of a huge cache of sophisticated weapons from a Baguihati house,the CID suspects involvement of ordnance factories’ employees in the case.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
January 28, 2009 4:51:10 am

Two days after the recovery of a huge cache of sophisticated weapons from a Baguihati house,the CID suspects involvement of ordnance factories’ employees in the case.

The CID has asked top officials of ordinance factories to examine the weapons seized during the Baguiati raid on Sunday night.

The police had recovered nearly 25 types of firearms including five rifles and eight fake gun licences from an inter-state arms smuggling gang. Further investigation revealed that with the help of fake gun licences,the gang used to procure shophisticated weapons from ordnance factories.

“It is impossible to smuggle out these sophisticated arms and ammunition without any assistance from people inside ordanance factories,” said an investigating officer. The CID had also seized nearly 6,000 rounds of various live cartridges,including bullets used in AK- rifles,which were manufactured by Indian ordnance factories.

Further interrogation has revealed that one of the members of the gang,Asok Mondal,used to collect arms and ammunition from Allahabad in UP.

“The gang used to pay in advance. Mondal or his aide used to receive consignment in Allahabad. An SuV registered in Bihar was used to carry the arms and ammunition to Mondal’s hideout. The same vehicle was used to deliver the arms to customers,” said Sidhhanath Gupta,DIG (CID),Operations.

A CID source said that in 2007 Mondal got in touch with Maoists through a mediator based in East Midnapore. The Maoists purchased mainly ammunition from him. But apart from Mondal,police are looking for two more persons who are believed to be pumping in crores of rupees in the illegal arms trade.

The source added that since Sunday night,the police have raided several places,but both managed to evade the police.

“A Dum Dum park-based agent had a set of customers who used to buy more sophisticated weapons like pen-pistol and expensive bullet proof jackets,” said an investigator.

Sources said the gang used to sell each rifle for Rs 1.5 lakh and the bullets were priced at Rs 110 to Rs 150. Investigators,however,do not rule out the possibility of militant organisations buying arms and ammunition from the gang.

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