Two more persons were today arrested as part of investigations into the alleged supply of arms and ammunition to criminal outfits and possibly Naxals by a gang involving certain security personnel.
The duo was arrested from Jagdishpur village here on the basis of inputs by Uttar Pradesh STF which had taken into custody six people, including two CRPF jawans, in connection with the case three days ago, a senior police officer said here.
"On the basis of inputs provided by the Special Task Force, Dinesh and Shanker were arrested this morning from Jagdishpur village," Superintendent of Police Onkar Singh said.
He said the duo, allegedly involved in various criminal cases in the past, was acting as middlemen and 16 cartridges of 9 mm were recovered from them.
"Dinesh and Shanker are being interrogated and efforts are on to arrest more members of the racket," Singh said.
On April 30, the STF had arrested five security personnel and a retired sub-inspector following inputs that a large quantity of cartridges were being smuggled out of the CRPF group centre at Rampur via a source in Allahabad to various criminal gangs and possibly Naxals.
Over 5,000 live cartridges, 16 magazines of INSAS rifles,.25 bore guns, SLR and AK-47s had been recovered besides 245 kg of empty shells following raids at various places.
"Going by the size of recovery, it is clear that the weapons were being supplied to some big organisation which could even be a Naxal outfit. Further details will be known only after completion of the investigations," ADG (Law and Order) Brij Lal had said in Lucknow.