Arms cache for naxalites seized
Saturday, November 11, 2006 (Munger):
A weapons cache meant for Naxalites, including 585 INSAS rifle cartridges and Ordnance Factory products exclusively used by the Army, were seized on Saturday from arms smugglers in Bihar.
Eight of the .303 rifles seized from the three smugglers were suspected to have been looted after the killing of eight policemen by the Adhik Yadav gang in the district in 1983.
A team led by Superintendent of Police Ravindran Shankaran was conducting a routine check of vehicles on NH 80 near Hamzapur when they intercepted a car carrying the weapons meant for Naxalite hideouts.
The DIG said 1,745 rounds of ammunition were found in the car registered in the name of one Pawan Kumar, who was traveling with the other two.
The three of them were being interrogated.
The DIG said the seizure included 980 cartridges of 12 bore with the marking of Indian Ordnance Factory, Pune, and 180 rounds of .22 bore while 125 of the 12 bore cartridges were of a type which is "still in the trial stages and not supplied to the civilian firearms license holders."
Police suspected that the eight seized rifles were those, which were looted after the killing of eight policemen by the Adhik Yadav gang in the district in 1983.
Yadav had been subsequently killed in a police encounter. (PTI)