Bihar police’s special task force unearthed an illegal mini-gun factory running in Bengal and seized 47 finished and semi-finished pistols from there on Thursday.
Five alleged gun runners hailing from Kasim Bazar locality of Munger town were also arrested.
Inspector-general (operations) Amit Kumar said acting on a tip off, a police team intercepted two arms suppliers near Howrah station and recovered 35 finished pistols from their possession.
The police later carried out raids at the illegal mini-gun factory at West Para under the jurisdiction of Bagnan police station in Bengal’s Howrah district and other some more finished and semi-finished weapons.
Amit, who was monitoring the operation, said the arrested arms suppliers have been identified as Mohammad Islam, Mohammad Akbar, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Imam and Mohammad Sonu. Apart from 47 pistols, 55 barrels, one lathe machine, drill machine, grinder, four cellphones and other equipment used for making arms were seized during the daylong operation.
On the links of the five dealers with those arrested earlier from Dasnagar in Bengal in March this year, Amit said: “The distance between the two gun factories is about 40km. Prima facie, the two were not interlinked. However, the sustained interrogation of the arrested dealers would throw more light on this aspect.”
Amit claimed that the Munger-made weapons of all sizes were great in demand in different states, including Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Punjab, Delhi and Maharashtra for their craftsmanship and firepower. “Delhi police’s special cell personnel were recently taken aback when they seized a Munger-made AK-47 from an arms dealer,” he added.