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Arms haul, arrest at Howrah station

The CID arrested a man in his late 30s at Howrah station on Monday afternoon and seized 15 improvised firearms from him.

Four officers of the CID’s special operations group netted Jawhar Ahmed while he was about to board a Malda-bound train. Police said Ahmed, a resident of Kaliachak in Malda, confessed during interrogation that he had procured the 9mm pistols from an arms dealer in Calcutta.

The police are yet to ascertain whether the consignment was being taken for use during the Lok Sabha polls, which are scheduled for April 24 in Malda.

CID sources said Ahmed was picked up following a specific tip-off.

“We came to know that a man had come to the city two days ago to collect firearms. We had Ahmed’s name and his description. While pursuing the leads, we came to know he would take a Malda-bound train today. Accordingly, our men fanned out at Howrah station and spotted Ahmed carrying a bag. The bag was later found to be stashed with firearms,” said a CID officer.

The police suspect the firearms were manufactured in Bihar’s Munger. “There are a number of operatives active in the city who procure firearms from Munger and supply them to various rackets across the city,” the officer said.