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Another illegal firearms factory unearthed in South 24 Parganas

The police unearthed an illegal fire arms factory at South 24 Parganas Rabindranagar’s Panshur area.

The South 24 Parganas police have uncovered four such arms factory within two months and a second one within a week.

A huge armory consisting one shoter pistols, 9mm and 7mm pistols, gunpowder were recovered.

A person, Samsher Ali, the owner of the house where the factory was running – was arrested. The investigators said, the factory was shut for some day, as the workers had gone to Munger. 

It is to be recalled that the police unearthed an illegal fire arms factory at South 24 Parganas Beghampur early this week. The place is close to Baruipur – the proposed district administrative block, barely 30 kilometre from Kolkata.

The police received a huge amount of gun powder, splinters of crude bombs, pistols and 19 rounds bullets from a house. 

The owner of the house – Bapi Haldar was arrested and grilled thoughout. The fire arms makers, who were working in the factory, were arrested from the spot. The investigators were suspect that they came from Bihar’s Munger.

These incidents are a grim reminder of the incident where police found a fire arms factory at South 24 Parganas Rabindrnagar, run by a local, who hired experts from Munger.

“Those who were working in the factory fled. We suspect those people came from Munger,” said a senior police officer of South 24 Parganas.

The people from Bihar’s Munger – the area which is famous for its fire arms production – had come to South 24 Parganas to make guns and cartridges for anti-socials here.

Earlier Police arrested five people in connection with this case among which three were residents of Munger.

The investigators, after getting a tip-off from a source, barged into the factory and recovered 101 fire weapons including – 95 one shoter guns, two 9mm pistols, four single barrel long arm guns, pipe guns, 2 kgs of explosive, 54 rounds of bullets and cartridges and many other small and big-sized gun.

The kingpin of Rabindranagar, Aftab Hossein was the owner of the 1000 square foot house at Nayabasti where the factory was running for the last five years. 

The locals alleged that police should have acted earlier, as most the arms makers have been living here for long five years.

Apart from Aftab, Md Salim, Md Aslam and Md Atesan – three were brought from Murger to carry out the assignment to make 500 fire arms per weeks. 

Aftab could not waste much time sell those arms in South and North 24 Parganas, and of those were sent to Bihar as well.

“We have started a case. It is now clear that three Munger men were brought in Kolkata to run the business. Aftab also sent the consignment to Kolkata’s Garden Reach and Metiabruz area,” an investigating officer said.

However, the investigators are now busy finding the links between Bihar and Kolkata, as there might have been some middleman who supplied skilled arms makers to Aftab and Bapi Haldar.
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