KP STF to question four held with firearms in Bihar
The decision to interrogate them comes after similarities were found in the modus operandi of Ishapore arms smuggling and Bihar firearms cases
Kolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police will interrogate four persons, who were arrested from Kasimbazar area in Bihar on Sunday, with a huge cache of firearms.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the four persons were arrested on their way back from Kolkata with the "partly finished" firearms.
Sources said a team comprising senior officers of the STF of Kolkata Police will visit Bihar to interrogate the arrested persons.
They were carrying around 40 partly finished pistols in bags containing vegetables. Acting of a tip off, a team of Bihar Police raided and arrested them, following a search operation when they got down from a bus at Kasimbazar.
Investigation revealed that they were taking the firearms to Munger, where the remaining work had to be carried out to give a complete shape to the pistols. The pistols were bought at a price ranging between Rs 2,000 and Rs 2,500 and after completion, the same would get sold between Rs
4000 to Rs 6000. After getting information that four of them – Md Irfan, Md Imtiaz, Md Mukhtrar and Md Nasim – were returning from Kolkata with the "unfinished firearms", the STF officers decided to interrogate them, because a few days ago, Kolkata Police made a similar major breakthrough by arresting members of a racket, who stole "scarp firearms" from the Rifle Factory Ishapore in North 24-Parganas. The same used to get smuggled to the Maoists and insurgency groups in the North East. All the four persons, who were arrested on Sunday at Kasimbazar, are residents of Bihar. Kolkata Police have so far arrested eight persons including four persons from Bihar in connection with the Rifle Factory Ishapore case.
So, now the STF of Kolkata Police would interrogate them on how and from where did they procure the "unfinished pistols", along with questions on whether they have any connection with those arrested over the rifle factory case.
Sources said, at the same time, police here will also be questioning those arrested over rifle factory case regarding the four persons, who were caught on Sunday, and whether they were known to them.
It may be mentioned that in the case of the rifle factory arms smuggling, too, the arrested persons used to take scrap firearms to Bihar, where the same used to
get repaired. The decision to interrogate them was taken as similarities were found in the modus operandi of both the cases.