More arrest, more clues in arms seizure case
State Director General of Police Mukherjee today sought to deny reports appearing in some sections of the press that movement of arms and ammunition (intended for terrorists) had increased in the State in recent times. It may be recalled that rocket launchers and other ammunition, which were booked in Chennai and sent to Maoists in Andhra Pradesh, were seized recently. A special team of police from Chennai left for Andhra Pradesh to probe into the seizure.
There has been widespread speculation in the media that whether Tamilnadu has now become a hub for arms supply. In an official release here today, DGP Mukherjee recalled that on three earlier occasions when rocket launchers were smuggled to Andhra Pradesh from Tamilnadu, the AIADMK was heading the government.
'But with the recent seizure, a section of press has been saying that terrorism-related activities are on the increase in the State. Even after the serial blasts in Mumbai recently, all efforts were taken to ensure safety and security of the people here. All precautionary measures were taken and strict vigil was maintained on the naxal movement. The State government is committed to root out terrorism. Unfortunately, a malicious campaign is being carried out on the law and order situation in the State.' he said and warned that 'strict action would be initiated against those making such false propaganda'. Meanwhile, police raided over 3000 industrial units in Ambattur following reports that the rocket launchers could have been made at the industrial units here.
According to sources in police, one Haumantha Reddy who was arrested in connection with the huge haul of arms in Andhra Pradesh would be brought to Chennai for further investigations. Investigations revealed that Kranthy Transport Company in Chennai is believed to have been used to smuggle the weapons. The offices of the transport company in the State were searched thoroughly.
Police say some vital clues have been obtained in the case and senior police officials from Andhra Pradesh had reached Chennai and held discussions with City Police Commissioner Lethika Saran and Additional Commissioner Jangid, in this regard. Meanwhile, police seized gelatin sticks from the godown of transport company at Puttaparthy. These gelatin sticks were booked at the transport company in the name of Venkatarami Reddy of Nalgonda district. Sources say the naxalites were panning an attack on police stations and the houses of VIPs.