At least 19 licensed arms were stolen from a shop on Ramna Road under civil lines police station in Gaya late on Thursday night.
On Friday morning, Dheeraj Kumar, the son of the arms shop owner, informed police about the incident. Criminals allegedly barged into the shop by cutting three locks of the iron grill and breaking open the locks of the rolling shutter.
Gaya deputy superintendent of police Alok Kumar Singh arrived at the spot and sealed the shop till the arrival of a forensic science laboratory team from Patna. The team reached Gaya on Friday evening and collected finger and footprint samples and other evidences.
According to the stock register, there were 117 arms available in the shop out of which 98 were found during the investigation.
Three categories of arms are available in a shop — new arms, those deposited by alive licence holders and those by dead licence holders. However, a no-objection certificate for sale of new arms has not been issued in the past 20 years. Therefore, only arms belonging to other two categories were available in the shop. The police are yet to confirm the category of stolen arms.
Gaya senior superintendent of police Nishant Kumar Tiwary said the police are investigating the theft from various angles and the role of the shop owner is under the scanner.
The state government had recently sent a directive to arms shops asking them to submit details of the arms available in their establishments.