Arms racket busted, one arrested
Kolkata: The Special Operation Group of Baruipur Police District has unearthed an illegal arms racket and arrested one person in this connection on Tuesday night from Bakultala in Baruipur.
According to sources, the accused Saukat Molla used run a tailoring shop at Raghunathpur in Baruipur. Behind the tailoring shop, Molla used to run an illegal arms racket. Sources informed that he used to procure arms from Bihar and used to sell them to miscreants and known criminals across the South 24-Parganas.
A few days ago, cops raided Molla's house in Raghunathpur after a tip-off but found nothing suspicious. But again on Tuesday night cops got a tip-off there were firearms in his house. The SOG and cops from Bakultala police station raided Molla's house and found several short and long-range firearms.
According to sources, during the raid, cops found seven long barrel pipe gun, one short range pipe gun, one 7 mm pistol and huge number of bullets along with magazines. Cops also seized an auto rickshaw from Molla's house.
Police sources informed that Molla was doing this business for years but somehow managed to keep the business hidden from local residents. Several people in the locality used to visit his tailoring shop for making garments but never saw anything suspicious. Sleuths are interrogating him to know who used to supply him firearms.