STF Reconstructs Ishapore Rifle Factory Weapons Racket Incident

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Kolkata: Special Task Force of Kolkata Police on Tuesday reconstructs the entire incident of Ishapore Rifle factory weapons racket incident after interrogating two rifle factory officer. After marathon interrogation, STF revealed that many more also engaged in this racket.

Earlier, STF busted 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 laborers working at the high-security defence establishment.

The decade-old racket serviced Maoist outfits in India and, possibly, terror modules operating from Nepal, Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force officials said after arresting Ajay Pandit alias Guddu, Jayshankar Pandey, Umesh Roy alias Bhola and Kartik Sahu from Babughat on Sunday.

Roy and Sahu, contracted workers at the Ishapore Rifle Factory, were passing on the consignment to Pandey and Pandit. Interrogation of the four led cops to two junior works managers of the defence establishment, Sukhada Murmu and Sushanta Basu, who were then arrested.

“The two arms dealers, Pandey and Pandit, seem to have been in touch with the works managers for quite some time. They used to procure arms via a middleman but, this time, they themselves came down to Kolkata from Bihar to get the arms,” STF deputy commissioner Murlidhar Sharma said on Monday. Officials said the same team had assembled and sold at least 16 INSAS and four self-loading rifles after getting out weapons parts from the Rifle Factory in the last two years.

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