Kolkata: A day after the Special Task Force of Kolkata police busted a 10-year-old racket in smuggling sophisticated weapons parts out of the Rifle Factory in Ishapore with the arrest of six persons including two officers and two contract labourers working at the high-security defence establishment. It claimed that there were other staffers and scrap item contractors from RFI who might be involved with the gang.
The STF also said what was being suspected since 2017 by auditors of RFI themselves: there was no inventory or record of scrapped items that were maintained by the RFI authorities, allowing such gangs to proliferate. This, despite the fact that that two other persons were arrested on similar charges by the STF last year.
Police sources said that the entire search was video-graphed and will be forwarded to court during the production of the accused.
Added by police that there were at least three more staffers and scrap item contractors whose names have cropped up during the interrogation of the six people. “We may call them for cross-verification. If their role is substantiated, we may go for more arrests,” a senior IPS officer confirmed at Lalbazar.
Sources said they are ascertaining if arms dealers Sanjeev Sah and Saroj Yadav, who were nabbed in December last year, were involved.