STF reconstructs plot of smuggling firearms
Kolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police reconstructed the plot in connection with the smuggling of firearms from Rifle Factory Ishapore to the Maoists.
A team comprising senior police officers from the STF took one of the six arrested persons, Umesh Ray, alias Bhola, to the spot and reconstructed the plot. Bhola is a resident of Ishapore near Surkikal Kumarpara at Noapara in North 24-Parganas.
During reconstruction, the investigating officers have come across the spots from where they used to take scrap firearms out of the rifle factory without getting noticed by the security personnel.
Sources said during reconstruction Bhola showed the window with broken grill at the rifle factory from where they used to take out firearms. Police have found some revolvers, quite similar to those recovered on Tuesday, lying near the window. They suspect that there were plans to take out the same from the room.
He also showed the spots from where they used to scale the fences while taking out scrap firearms to avoid getting noticed by security personnel. He also took the investigating officers to the place at the factory from where the firearms were stolen.
Police have also found that there was no inventory or record of the scrapped materials and it helped them to carry on with their work for the past ten years without getting caught. Police have also seized two revolvers during the reconstruction of the plot. The same will be used for comparison with those seized from the arrested persons on Monday.
During reconstruction, names of some more staff and contractors of scrap items have cropped up. Police said they will be summoned for interrogation in this connection.
Further investigation revealed that Bihar resident Ajay Pandey, alias Guddu Pandit, who was arrested in connection with the incident, knows more people who are involved in the racket and with the help of the same people; AK-47 was procured from North East states.
Police have recorded the moments of the reconstruction of the plot.