Bhubaneswar, 6 June-2014: In a major success the police commissionerate on Friday busted an illegal firearm racket and arrested five youths aged between 19-20 years. All of the arrested are students and perusing their B-tech and graduation at city based colleges.
Illegal firearm racket busted by Odisha Police
Police recovered three illegal pistols and live cartridges from the accused.
Police identifies the accused as Jyotiranjan Behera alias Anil (21) a resident of Khurda, Saswat Dhal alias Somu (19) of Unit-1, Papun alias Asutosh Behera (19) of Airfield, Manojit Maharana alias Debu (18) a resident of Airfield and Kumar Debanand (19)of Airfield area. They were arrested form Kalinga Vihar Electric Sub-station last night after special squad sleuths raided there.
Police said while Manojit is a Plus-III student rest of are pursuing their B-tech 3rd year at different engineering colleges in the city.
Speaking to scribes twin cities police commissioner Dr RP Sharma said all of them procured illegal firearms to commit crimes in the city. This is a matter of concern that who students are being implicated to the crime world to earn quick bucks.
“Manojit is a habitual offender and at least five cases were registered for his alleged involvement in several crimes including attempt to murder, robbery, and burglary. Acting on a tip off our special squad team raided at Tamando area and apprehended the accused last night at about 11.30 pm,” said Dr Sharma.
He further said preliminary investigation reveals the recovered firearms were procured from Munger district in Bihar and the accused bought those from the middleman for Rs 40,000 each.
“For last couple months we are on a spree to root out the flow of illegal gun in twin cities. We found that illegal firearms have been bought by middleman from Munger for just Rs 3000 to Rs 4000 and when it reaches here the price goes upto Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000,” said the commissioner.
Puri, Ganjam are the two districts where brokers sends the consignment of illegal firearms and later on those sent to the buyers in different districts. Criminals also procuring guns directly from Tata Nagar where guns are being mad, Dr Sharma added.
(Input Source: orissadiary.com)