Special drive to recover illegal weapons prior to Bihar polls
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 02, 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.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, October 02, 2010, 22:03


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