The Munger Police on Friday made a big breakthrough, as they recovered two AK-47 assault rifles hidden underneath a cemetery boundary wall. With the restoration of those two rifles, the police have up to now discovered 14 AK-47s in Munger’s Mirzapur Bardhe village alone.
The police additionally discovered ammunition hidden together with the weapons. Earlier in October 2018, Munger police had 12 AK 47 rifles packed in a sack and hidden in a properly from the identical village.
Munger police have additionally arrested Parvez Chand from Mirzapur village within the aftermath of the newest restoration of the assault rifles. The cops have alleged that Parvez, a politician related to Rashtriya Janata Dal(RJD), was chargeable for hiding the firearms underneath the cemetery boundary wall.
The state police have shared particulars in regards to the newest restoration of AK 47 rifles and subsequent arrest of a politician with the Nationwide Investigation Company(NIA), which is presently probing the AK-47 smuggling case.
“The recovered weapons will likely be examined for the verification course of to determine whether or not they belonged to the ordnance depot at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh or have been developed regionally,” mentioned a police officer in Munger.
In September 2018, Munger Police had arrested Purushottam Lal Das, a retired armourer of the Central Ordnance Depot at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, for transporting AK-47 assault rifles and spare components to criminals in Munger.
The police had additionally recovered video footage of Purushottam, his spouse and son travelling to Munger with the consignment of dismantled AK-47 assault rifles for gunrunners in Bihar’s Munger district. He later confessed to having bought 70 assault rifles to arms suppliers in Munger district from 2012 to 2018.
Subsequent police investigation indicated that the delicate weapons had been dismantled and transported from Jabalpur. A few of these weapons had been previous, decommissioned rifles that had as soon as been utilized by the armed forces and got a makeover at Jabalpur. A number of the recovered weapons had been despatched for repairs however some unscrupulous Jabalpur technicians declared them irreparable and shipped them out to gunrunners by means of Purushottam. After Purshottam’s arrest, the Madhya Pradesh police had additionally arrested two different accused Shivendra Lal and Suresh Thakur.
Mohammad Riyazur Rehman, a retired military jawan, is believed to be the kingpin of the racket. Riyazur, who was arrested from Bengal’s New Jalpaiguri on September 9 final yr, is claimed to have satisfied Purushottam Lal Rajak, armourer on the Jabalpur depot to hitch him. Thakur, in flip, took storekeeper Suresh Thakur into confidence to get shipped out the delicate weapons from the depot. Riyazur and Rajak had been earlier posted in Lucknow.
Since then the Munger police have additionally arrested native arms smugglers Imran and Shamsher. They’ve additionally disclosed names of some former lawmakers and bahubalis (musclemen) who had bought AK-47s from them. Now the NIA has taken up the case.
These two criminals together with their affiliate Manjar Alam have been discovered to have smuggled the AK-47s to felony gangs and Maoists working in Gaya and Aurangabad in Bihar and Hazaribagh in Jharkhand. Manjar had sturdy connections with arms suppliers in Bihar and Jharkhand.
The police have additionally discovered that “Made in Munger” AK-47 assault rifles are essentially the most sought-after weapon for contract killers working in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
The AK-47 weapon was used within the daylight homicide of Dina Gope, an influential RJD chief and husband of a ward councillor, within the Gardanibagh police station space in Patna in Might 2018. The subtle weapon was additionally used within the killing of an engineer of a personal energy holding company in Sheohar and two engineers of a personal highway development firm in Darbhanga district.
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