Illegal arms racket busted in Kaliachak

Police unearthed an illegal fire arms factory at Malda’s Kaliachak on late Saturday night.

A man was also arrested in connection with this case. Police said, accused Gaffar Sheikh (40) was taken to the court and he has been remanded to the police custody. However, police have learnt that there are several arms manufacturing units operating in the Kaliachak area after dark.

“Those are small arms manufacturing units. We have gathered information about those units. The accused will be nabbed soon,” said a police officer. Police have started raids against drug-rackets in the area. Counterfeit currencies were also recovered from Kaliachak, earlier by the police. Now the investigators have been probing the case against rackets of illegal arms manufacturers.

Recently, police have busted a fire manufacturing unit at Baishnabnagar, which is adjacent to the Kaliachak.

“We have suspected that the people involved in the arms-racket may have financial benefits from outside the state. The accused will soon be behind bars,” the officer said.

On Saturday afternoon, police were informed by the sources that Baliadanga area of Kaliachak has an arms manufacturing unit running for few days. A team of sleuths rushed to the Ansarpara village of Kaliachak, where the factory was operating.

“It was a small unit in the home of Gaffar Sheikh. He is a local criminal involved in several loots and day raids. Recently he was out on bail. The man acknowledged that he was the owner of that factory,” said an investigating officer.

Gaffar also informed that two people came to his factory to buy arms and they took some one-shot guns. “Three people used to come to his factory from Bihar’s Munger to make those guns. They generally prepare one-shot guns and supplied it to local criminals,” the officer added.


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