Theni(TN): Investigations are on into an illegal gun factory being operated in a remote area near Cumbum on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border,police said on Monday.
The factory is located at the ninth mile, they said.
Police said they had found out the factory was owned by an Ex-service man,but were not sure who the customers were.
The matter came to light when police were monitoring a Licensed Gun shop owner at Palayam in this district,who was allegedly illegally supplying arms purchased by him from the illegal factory.
Police seized some pistols sold in the market and found them to be much better than even the original factory made pistols, sources said.
"The site where the gun factory is located is very remote,and we are now arranging infrastructure to reach the spot and close the factory," officials said.
The remote hilly areas came into the limelight some years sago after a few Maoists, who planned to provide arms training to rural youths, were arrested.