The South 24 Parganas police arrested seven dacoits from Sundarbans along with firearms. Those seven were Bangladeshi nationals who challenged the police by firing at them, but were soon captured by the force when the police opened counter fire.
Acting on a tip-off, the huge contingent of police force started operation at the jungle on Friday midnight. There were at least eleven people who were roaming alongside the Matla River.
They had anchored the speed boat and were sneaking into the jungle. Initially, the police asked them to drop their weapons but they refused and opened fire. Four of them escaped and sped off in the boat, while seven were captured.
Police recovered 17 long range rifles, 77 rounds of bullet and gun powder from those dacoits.
It should be recalled that the seizure of firearms in South 24 Parganas has been a frequent incident now. South 24 Parganas police unearthed many an illegal fire arms factory – some of which were situated in Rabindranagar, Panchur, Beghampur and some other places.
A huge cache of arms – single shot pistols, 9mm and 7mm pistols and gunpowder were recovered from those places.The owners of the houses here the factories were running – were arrested.
People from Bangladesh, Bihar’s Munger and Katihar were frequently comes here to join illegal arms making factories.
It should be recalled that a huge cache of illegal arms were recovered from Beghampur, place close to Baruipur – the proposed district administrative block, barely 30 Kilometre from Kolkata.
The police seized a huge amount of gunpowder, splinters of crude bombs, pistols and 19 rounds bullets from a house. The owner of the house was arrested and grilled though-out. The firearms makers, who were working in the factory, were arrested from the spot.
The South 24 Parganas police set up a special team to raid against dacoits and illegal fire dealers. “Somehow, these dacoits are interconnected with fire arms dealings,’ said a policeman.