Patna/Bhagalpur: The police headquarters’ special task force on Wednesday arrested three alleged arms suppliers from neighbouring Begusarai district, foiling a major incident in the riverine area of Lakhisarai district.
The STF team from Patna raided an area under Sahebpur Kamal police station in Begusarai district following a tip-off. The officers arrested Arvind Mandal, Bhrigunandan and Manchan Yadav and seized over 260 live cartridges of self-loading rifles.
The trio had allegedly come from Odisha to deliver the consignment to a gang in Lakhisarai district, around 125km east of Patna. They had provided illegal weapons earlier too. “We are trying to ascertain the local connection of the arms dealers,” said a senior police officer.
Three gangs are currently engaged in a war of supremacy in the east Bihar district over harvest on the diara land. Recently, 82 houses belonging to Mahadalits were set on fire allegedly by members of the Munna Yadav gang.
In another operation, Bhagalpur police unearthed a mini-gun factory and seized 46 unfinished pistols, 95 magazines and a large quantity of raw material used in making illegal firearms.
Bhagalpur senior superintendent of police Manoj Kumar said the weapons were to be supplied to Naxalites operating in the region. Mohammad Soib Alam, Sarfaraz, Mohammad Aurangazeb, Mobarak, Mohammad Shauqat and Dabloo, all residents of Munger district, were arrested.