Railway police seize 190 firearms from two trains in Bihar
Consignments of 190 unfinished firearms were recovered by Government Railway Police (GRP) from two different trains in Bhagalpur and Munger districts of Bihar on Wednesday.india Updated: Aug 18, 2016 19:23 IST
Consignments of 190 unfinished firearms were recovered by Government Railway Police (GRP) from two different trains in Bhagalpur and Munger districts of Bihar on Wednesday.
The consignments were recovered during routine check of trains by GRP personnel.
GRP station house officer (SHO) Sudhir Kumar Singh said 60 firearms were recovered from Howrah-Jamalpur Express at Bhagalpur Junction in the early hours of the day.
Subsequently, 40 unfinished firearms were recovered from Sahebganj-Jamalpur passenger train, also at Bhagalpur Junction, Singh said.
The SHO said 90 more firearms were found in Howrah-Jamalpur Express when it reached Jamalpur station in Munger district, adjoining Bhagalpur.
He said the consignments were kept unattended in general coaches of the trains. Those involved in transportation of the consignments are suspected to have fled sensing presence of police team in the compartment, the SHO added.
Normally arms manufactured clandestinely are sent to other places from Munger district by illegal arm manufacturers.
Police said the fact that unfinished arms were recovered from Jamalpur-bound trains pointed to the possibility that they were being taken to Munger for giving them a final shape.
Following police pressure in recent years, work related to manufacture of body of firearms, which require use of heavy lathe machines, have reduced considerably in Munger and illegal manufacturers have shifted base to sheltered areas of Jharkhand and West Bengal.