1 more arrested for smuggling arms from RFI to Maoists
(Sourced from PTI)
STF of Kolkata Police on Sunday arrested a man from Bihar on the charge of being involved in an arms smuggling racket busted in Kolkata last week. Rajesh Kumar (35) alias Munna, was arrested from his residence in Bihar's Nalanda district. Last week, six people, including two Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) officials, were arrested for their alleged involvement in smuggling arms to Maoists.
Rajesh's name cropped up while interrogating the six accused, an STF official said, adding, "He has been given transit remand by Bihar Sharif Court. He will be brought to Kolkata tomorrow." Preliminary investigation revealed that arms were smuggled out of Ichapur Rifle Factory with the help of its two officers. The racket was probably active since 2008 and supplying arms and ammunition to Maoists.
STF sleuths were also probing whether the accused had supplied arms to insurgent groups in Nepal also. Charges of criminal conspiracy and habitually dealing in stolen property along with the Arms Act has been slapped against the arrested six accused.