Police have hinted at a possible stockpile of sophisticated weapons developed by gang leader Fauji, alias Shankar Dayal, and other criminals and of a firearms lending business with the Maoists.
Fauji was arrested on Sunday from Maner, 20km west of the city, and a huge cache of arms was recovered.
Police on Tuesday said mutual exchange of arms, including Kalashnikovs, and ammunition was common between Fauji’s Maner diara gang and Kaimur-based Maoists.
Sources said the police are trying to locate a possible dump of firearms developed by Fauji’s gang in association with other criminals.
“Fauji served in the army for 11 years before disappearing with some weapons in the late-1980s. He raised a gang in the Kaimur region. He would be questioned once taken on remand. Over the years, we have found out that Fauji developed good relations with the Naxalites and shared sophisticated firearms with them on a daily charge of anything between Rs 3,000 and Rs 20,000. Some of the weapons recovered till now were looted from the police,” said a police officer told The Telegraph.
Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said raids were still on in the diara areas.
Sources said the nexus between Fauji’s gang and other ones was strong.
“The nexus helped in the easy availability of arms. The gangs co-ordinated in the exchange of firearms and manpower. The police have information about a dump of arms. Whenever any gang required the weapon, Fauji would be contacted and the arms lent out for a price. The arms dump turned out to be a major source of income for the gangs apart from extortion and other crimes,” said the officer.