Hizbul Mujahideen, a dreaded terrorist outfit, has got route to Bihar’s infamous Munger-made illegal arms trade.
The startling fact came to the fore during preliminary interrogation of alleged arms suppliers — Arun Kumar Singh, Jamshed Alam and Surendra Paswan — arrested from Munger’s Mirzapur Bardaha village last week.
Four pistols, six mobiles and Rs 45,000 were found on them. The three alleged gunrunners revealed to the anti-terrorism squad and the officials of the intelligence agencies that they used to provide Munger-made weapons to the operatives of Hizbul Mujahideen and other terrorist outfits. The consignments were mostly sent by trains through Punjab.
Both Munger superintendent of police Varun Kumar Sinha and additional superintendent of police Sanjay Kumar Singh refused to share information on the pretext of the case being highly sensitive in nature.
“The entire operation was carried out by the sleuths of the state’s anti-terrorism squad (ATS). We only cooperated with them,” Singh said.
A senior officer with the intelligence agency said Jamshed Alam, a native of Mirzapur Bardaha village in Munger, was in the illegal trade for long. Arun, a resident of Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested when he had come to receive the consignments from Jamshed in Munger on August 12.
The officer said Arun alias Vikku, was associated with the Azamgarh module of the Indian Mujahideen, the outfit purportedly responsible for both Patna and Bodhgaya serial bomb blasts. “We have come to know that Arun was earlier arrested by the UP police,” the officer said.
Arun was arrested after the ATS intercepted his telephonic conversation with the Munger-based arms dealer, Jamshed. Jamshed (22) is learnt to have admitted links with terrorist outfits, including Hizbul and other gangs operating outside Bihar.
“The militant outfits prefer to purchase weapon from Munger for its low cost and better quality,” the intelligence officer quoted Jamshed as saying.