| Policemen inspect the cartridges and firearms seized during the raid. Picture by Gopi Raman |
Muzaffarpur, Dec. 18: Police busted an illegal arms and ammunition factory operated by the banned CPI(Maoist) from a rented house in the Kanholi area under Mithanpura police station late last night.
A police team, led by deputy superintendent of police (headquarters) Manish Kumar, seized a stock of 900 cartridges and equipment that the rebels used to make pistols and other firearms.
Two Maoists, Srikant Singh and Bipin Kumar, who were working at the factory near Bela Industrial Estate, were arrested. Singh is a resident of Fenahra in East Champaran and Kumar is from Kharona under Kudhani police station of Muzaffarpur district.
Both were “actively involved” in the organisational activities of the CPI(Maoist) in the district, the police said.
Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajesh Kumar today said the two rebels had been making cartridges and firearms on the pretext of working in an iron-cutting unit.
He added that the police team found 900 cartridges during the raid. “Tools used in making pistols and guns were also recovered,” the SSP added.
The police claimed that the duo had admitted to running the illegal arms factory for one year. The police have also nabbed the owner of the house, Nagendra Singh, who had rented out the accommodation to the rebels. Nagendra was being interrogated.
The SSP said the cartridges made at the arms factory were being supplied to the wings of the CPI(Maoist) operating in north Bihar districts.
The police also found three mobile phones at the factory and are checking the calls received and made from them.
The SSP added that the police have recovered raw materials used in making cartridges and some empty packets of cartridges as well. He added that an expert team of interrogators from the police headquarters would interrogate Srikant Singh.
The police said Singh has disclosed name of a few persons who had got cartridges from him.