PATNA: Munger police on Saturday arrested another retired Army man Mohammad Neyazur Rahman after his name surfaced in the smuggling of AK-47 assault rifles from the Central Ordinance Depot (COD) at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. Rahman was arrested from the field ammunition depot (FAD) of at Bagdogra in West Bengal.
Munger SP (additional charge) Baburam told TOI over the phone that Rahman was presently working as a guard on contract at the Bagdogra FAD.
“Rahman is the elder brother of Mohammad Shamsher, who was arrested with three new AK-47s and four magazines from Wardha village under the Mufassil police station area in on September 6,” he said.
Altogether six AK-47 rifles and spare parts, all smuggled from the Jabalpur COD, have been recovered from Munger within a fortnight.
The first consignment of three AK-47s along with spares were seized from Jubli Well locality under the Jamalpur police station area in Munger on August 29 while it was being carried in a bag by arms smuggler Mohammad Imran Alam. Imran, during interrogation, revealed that the consignment was smuggled from Jabalpur by one Purushottam by train and was delivered to him at Jamalpur railway station.
Later, Purushottam alias Purushottam Rajak, a retired armourer of Indian Army, his son Shailendra Rajak and the COD’s storekeeper Suresh Thakur were arrested by Jabalpur police on the basis of information shared by Munger police.
Purushottam confessed that he had actually smuggled six AK-47s to Munger on August 29. Three were handed over to Shamsher and the rest were given to Imran.
“During investigation, it has surfaced that Rahman had introduced Purushottam to his brother Shamsher for arms smuggling,” the SP said.
“Rahman has presently been arrested in a case lodged with the Mufassil police station in 2009. He was wanted for allegedly shooting at a person. He will be taken on remand in the arms smuggling case,” Baburam said.
“We strongly suspect Rahman’s involvement in the smuggling of firearms meant for the Army for several years. He had been posted in Kashmir, Lucknow and some other important places during his service period,” the SP said.
“Looking into the importance of the case, Sadar SDPO Harishankar, an ASP rank officer, has been made its new investigating officer. Police headquarters and IG (operation) Kundan Krishnan are constantly monitoring the case,” he added.
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