The police unearthed an illegal firearms factory at South 24 Parganas Beghampur. The place is close to Baruipur – the proposed district administrative block, barely 30 kilometres 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.
The firearms makers, who were working in the factory, were arrested from the spot. The investigators suspect that they were from Bihar’s Munger.
This incident is a grim reminder of the incident where police found a firearms factory at South 24 Parganas Rabindranagar, run by a local, who hired experts from Munger.
“Those who were working in the factory fled. We suspect that 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 firearms 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 them, 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 shot guns, two 9mm pistols, four single barrel long arm guns, pipe guns, 2 kg of explosives, 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 1,000 square foot house at Nayabasti where the factory was running for the last 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 week.