Midnapore, June 3: Police seized arms-making equipment from a pump house in the compound of a CPM leaders house in West Midnapores Garbeta today.
Tapan Ghosh, a CPM zonal committee member who had been accused in the Chhoto Angaria case, was not at home.
The police said hammers, chisels, pipes, hacksaws, moulds of gun butts, a drill machine, screw drivers and nuts and bolts were found in the pump house. All these are used to make guns, said Suresh Jain, the additional superintendent of police (headquarters). The police suspect the arms were used against Maoists.
After the seizure, several Trinamul supporters and local people vandalised Ghoshs house, breaking a fridge, a TV set, a dining table, an inverter and doors and windows. When the police tried to intervene, they were beaten up.
The residents said they used to hear hammering from the house every night. That is when we guessed that an arms factory was being run from the house, a neighbour said.