The Special Operation Group (SOG) of South-24 Parganas police recovered 101 guns, 9 kgs of explosives and 54 rounds of ammunition from a house in Rabindranagar, outskirts of Kolkata on late Tuesday night. Police have arrested its owner and 4 others as well from the house.
The arm factory reportedly operated discreetly behind a grocery store. SOG conducted a raid, based on a tip-off from a source, in a suspected house at Kankhuli area under Rabindra Nagar Police Station.
The owner of the house, Aftab Hussain hails from Bhagalpur, Bihar. Nijam Purkayat is from Basanti in the same district, and the other three are residents of Bihar’s Munger district- Md. Selim, Md. Aslam and Md. Ahtesan. Senior police officials said they were investigating whether the accused had any links with international arms suppliers.
Sources said Aftab had rented the factory premises and lived there with his family. The arms-making unit was camouflaged by a grocery and tailoring shop. The illegal manufacturing took place inside a room behind the shop. Locals said blaring music was played throughout the day to muffle the sounds of the arms assembling machines.
According to sources, police earlier nabbed firearms dealer Md. Selim and after interrogating him, came to know about the factory and other arms makers. They used to traffic these firearms to several places in South 24 Parganas, Kolkata and West Bengal-Bangladesh border areas.
Aftab had hired Eheteshan and Aslam, both residents of Munger, for their expertise in gun-making while Salim and Nizam marketed the merchandise.
All five accused in the case were produced in court earlier today, and have been sent to 14 days police custody.