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Special drive to recover illegal weapons prior to Bihar polls

Last Updated: Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 22:03

Patna: With the six-phase poll in Bihar fast
approaching, authorities have swung into action embarking on
special drives to recover illegal firearms to prempt
disturbances during the poll process.

Additional Chief Electoral Officer (Bihar) Kumar
Anshumali, told PTI today with the model code of conduct for
the elections in Bihar coming into force from September six
after the Election Commission announced the schedule for
six-phase poll, the operations against history sheeters,
criminals and others against whom the warrants of arrest have
been pending have been taken up with full vigour.

The authorities have so far uncovered 13 illegal mini gun
factories at various places in Bihar, they have also seized
353 weapons, 10231 live cartridges, ten can bombs, 15 quintals
of explosive ammonium nitrate, 2025 kg of other explosive
material and 1,69,512 detonators, he said.

Four illegal gun-manufacturing units, besides weapons and
manufacturing equipment worth several crores of rupees have
been seized in Munger, known as a hub for illegal trade of
firearms in India, Anshumali said.

Police have seized four thousand cartridges from a
vehicle near Jamalpur railway station in Munger the day the EC
announced the poll schedule.

Subsequently, the authorities recovered 76 illegal
pistols from the house of arms smuggler Md Shamshad in Munger
on September 18 with the value of the seized weapons was
estimated to be around Rs 1.5 crore, official sources said.

During a separate raid on September 22, police seized an
illegal mini gun factory and recovered some finished and
unfinished weapons, besides uncovering two such illicit
factories the following day in Munger district, sources said.

Police also seized four pistols from an arms smuggler
from Bariarpur railway station in the district on September 25
and unearthed a mini gun factory later from Kasim Bazaar
Mohalla in the district on September 26 and seized nine mm
pistols, 100 barrels, 35 hammers and 25 pistol frames and
three machines with capacity to manufacture 50 pistols on
an average every day from there.

Similarly, 1.50 lakh detonators and 1500 kg explosive
material have been seized from Jamuar village under Dehri
police station in Rohtas district on September 23, they said.

Four illegal mini gun factories in Nalanda and one each
in Nawada, Gopalganj, Jamui and Saran districts too have been
uncovered during the special drive, sources revealed.

Authorities have between January and July this year
unwearthed eight illegal gun factories, 1205 illegal
country-made pistols, 40 illegal regular weapons, 101 bombs
and 5232 catridges, they said.


First Published: Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 22:03

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