Police detain two armourers in CRPF cartridge scam

Two armourers have been detained for interrogation as part of investigations into the alleged supply of arms and ammunition to criminal gangs and possibly Naxals, police said here on Monday.

Updated: May 10, 2010, 14:40 PM IST

Gorakhpur (UP): Two armourers have been
detained for interrogation as part of investigations into the
alleged supply of arms and ammunition to criminal gangs and
possibly Naxals, police said here on Monday.

Armourers of Gorakhpur, Rajesh Shahi, and Faizabad were
detained for interrogation in the cartridge scam case, DIG
Asim Arun said.

The arrests came in after Ram Kripal, an armourer of
Basti, who was arrested on April 30 provided some vital clues
into the case.

On April 30, the STF had arrested five security
personnel and a retired sub-inspector following inputs that a
large quantity of cartridges were being smuggled out of the
CRPF group centre at Rampur via a source in Allahabad to
various criminal gangs and possibly Naxals.

Over 5,000 live cartridges, 16 magazines of INSAS
rifles, .25 bore guns, SLR and AK-47s had been recovered
besides 245 kg of empty shells following raids at various
places.

PTI