The sleuths of the state criminal investigation department (CID) have found evidence of the alleged involvement of a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) posted in Nagaland in arms and ammunition smuggling.
They stumbled upon this link while investigating Bihar resident Satyanarayan Singh’s role in ammunition smuggling.
Malda railway police arrested Singh from Malda station on September 13 and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from his possession. The CID took charge of the investigation on September 18.
“We have asked Nagaland Police for information about this DSP. We are investigating if he is in any way involved,” said a senior officer of CID.
A resident of Bihar, Singh has been procuring arms and ammunition from Vikato Sema, an activist of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), for at least five years and would smuggle these to criminals in Bihar.
The magazine was then wrapped in two carbon papers so that it could not be detected by a metal detector.
Investigation has revealed that Singh had two cohorts. One of them is Arvind and the other is Manoj. While Arvind is a resident of Khagariah district of Bihar, Manoj is from Bhagalpur.
The CID sleuths conducted raids at their residence in Bihar but they were absconding.
“While probing the matter, we have come to know that a lot of money has been transferred from the DSP’s bank account to Arvind’s. When we interrogated Singh in this regard, he told us that they purchased an autorickshaw and the DSP was the guarantor.
But we did not buy this statement,” said the CID officer.
The CID suspects that the DSP is involved in this racket.
“We have information that when the auto-rickshaw was purchased, Singh was involved in the arms and ammunition smuggling racket. So his statement is not believable. On several occasions, money has been transferred into Arvind’s account.
Our aim is to find out why the DSP transferred money into Arvind’s account. Was the DSP one of the beneficiaries of the money the members of the racket would earn by selling the arms and ammunition?” the officer said.