Want to hire sophisticated arms at a nominal charge? If yes, then contact Lakshman, son of a police official posted in Saran. He provides latest weapons on rent, ranging from 9 mm pistols to AK-47 assault rifles.
The fact came to light following the arrest of Lakshman, himself an aspirant for the post of sub-inspector. The police recovered a cache of arms, including nine pistols and a bag containing live bombs and explosives for making bombs from his Sultanganj residence.
During interrogation, he admitted that he had close links with at least 20 major gangs operating in and around the state capital. "He used to provide them arms and ammunition on hire at a nominal charge," said a police officer quoting Lakshman.
The rates varied on the basis of quality of the weapon and urgency of the needy. For a country-made pistol, one had to dole out Rs 100 to Rs 200 and Rs 500 to Rs 1000 for a 9 mm pistol. For AK-47s and other sophisticated weapons, one had to wait for 24 hours because they were brought from outside Patna, sources said.
City Superintendent of Police Vikash Vaibhav told Hindustan Times that it was a gang of 15-20 youth, who used to commit crime of all hues. Lakshman's gang was involved in over a dozen incidents of loot and dacoity in the state capital.
Lakshman revealed to the police that he along with his accomplices had looted Rs 5 lakh from a businessman Bhola Choudhary near Gaighat a few months back.
"Preliminary investigation has revealed Lakshman used to give arms and ammunition to different gangs in the capital," said Vaibhav. He said Lakshman's gang was responsible for robbing people travelling by autorickshaws in the city.
He used to provide arms to the auto-drivers for committing crime, City SP said, adding that he used to keep arms and ammunition in the vicinity of Saidpur hostel.
He added Lakshman used to collect his charge both in cash and kind. His father, Ayodhya Singh is currently posted as assistant sub-inspector in Saran district.