Major crackdown on the arms peddlers planned
Alarmed by the continuous seizure of huge quantities of arms and explosives, the Bihar police has decided to approach neighbouring state agencies to unravel the inter-state network of arms and ammunition peddlers and crime syndicate active on the Indo-Nepal border, reports Ramashankar.patna Updated: Nov 14, 2009 19:33 IST
Alarmed by the continuous seizure of huge quantities of arms and explosives, the Bihar police has decided to approach neighbouring state agencies to unravel the inter-state network of arms and ammunition peddlers and crime syndicate active on the Indo-Nepal border. "A meeting chaired by Director General of Police Anand Shankar decided to approach neighbouring state agencies to eliminate the inter-state network of peddlers of arms, ammunition and explosive materials," said a senior police officer.
“We have garnered vital clues on crime syndicate operating along the 714-km long porous Indo-Nepal border with Bihar. We will soon launch a drive against such suppliers of arms and ammunition. They are said to have political connections,” the officer said.
He said, “As the proposal is under active consideration of the police top brass and the home department, it will not be appropriate to disclose the strategy at this stage.” The officer said the drive would have far-reaching ramifications.
The crime syndicate has posed a serious challenge to the state police officials as well as the Central para-military forces. The quantum of seizure of illegal firearms, ammunition, explosive material and narcotics on the international border is an indication of growing influence of the cartels.
The police officer said that the Sashastra Seema Bal personnel (SSB), who are assigned to guard the international border, have been asked to tighten vigil on arms dealers and gun-runners with international links. The issue regarding supply of China-made weapons entering Indian market through Nepal was raised at a recent meeting of the officials of Bihar (India) and Nepal. Pistols made in China are in great demand in the Indian market.
Foreign firearms that reach the Indian markets through Nepal are sold at exorbitant prices. Sources said 9 mm pistols made in foreign countries are in great demand. Normally, a buyer has to pay between Rs 24,000 to Rs 26,000 for a 9 mm pistol made in England, Spain or the US.
Sources said country-made weapons manufactured in illegal gun factories in Munger area were supplied to the Maoists operating in Nepal. The weapons made by Munger-based gun factories were considered to be of high quality and the rates were lower for comparable items available in the international market, sources said.
At a recent press briefing, IG, SSB, Frontier headquarters, Shyam Kumar had said that cameras would be installed at the border outposts to keep a vigil on trans border activities. At present, 191 border outposts have been established in seven bordering districts of the state.