A rocket launcher, a rocket and an AK-47 rifle buried in the ground were recovered from a village in Purulia district, police said Saturday.
Superintendent of Police, Purulia, Rupesh Kumar said the weapons were found on Thursday from two sites near Khatanga village under Kotshila police station area bordering Jharkhand.
“Acting on a tip off, we had arrested Rathu Pramanik (36) and Jamaluddin Ansari (50) from the village on July 24. We had also recovered a carbine machine, two magazines, and two rounds of 9mm ammunition from them. The duo was charged under Section 25 A and 27 of Arms act,” the SP said, adding a local court had remanded them in police custody for 12 days. They revealed about the sites during interrogation following which the weapons were recovered, Kumar added.
It is being investigated if Ansari and Pramanick, who are now in police custody, have links with Maoists or terrorists.
Meanwhile, CID officials in Kolkata said the weapons are probably locally manufactured.
CID is awaiting a report from the district intelligence and would intervene only if necessary, the officials said.
Police sources claimed that the arrested accused had a strong network in Jharkhand and Bihar and used to supply weapons there. According to sources the investigators are also trying to find out if they were in anyway linked to the 1995 Purulia Arms Drop case. Cops recover On December 17, 1995, a huge cache of unauthorized firearms were air dropped in Purulia.