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Man held for supplying cartridges to Maoists

Man held for supplying cartridges to Maoists

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police's Special Cell has arrested a 35-year-old man identified as Raj Bahadur for allegedly supplying ammunition to the CPI (Maoist) in Bihar's Ara. Raj Bahadur alias Raj Kishore, a resident of Kasap village in Ara town of Bihar's Bhojpur district, was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his arrest.

The arrest was made on January 23 after police got a tip-off that Bahadur will visit one of his acquaintances in the Shiv Ganj Colony area of the Ara city, police said.

A trap was laid and Bahadur was apprehended from the spot and 35 cartridges were recovered from his possession, P S Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), said. Bahadur's associates, who were arrested last year in connection with the case, disclosed that he was the main source in supply of illegal cartridges.

Investigations revealed that Bahadur was arrested earlier for supplying illegal cartridges to the Maoists in Odisha.

He has been supplying cartridges illegally since 2008. He used to procure cartridges from a Patna-based man, named Santosh, the DCP said.

The procured cartridges were then supplied to Ajeet Ray through Ram Krishna Singh and Sanjay Singh, he said.

Bahadur came in contact with Ray in Mumbai when he used to supply labour to a construction company. He, along with Ram Krishna Singh, was arrested in Odisha in 2008, while he was carrying cartridges for supplying them to Maoists, Kushwah added.

Bahadur is also involved in many other cases, including robbery and attempt to murder, the DCP said.

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