The police seized 350 kg of ammonium nitrate, copper sulphate and bottles of acids stuffed in gunny bags and plastic containers from an abandoned truck in Kankerbagh locality of the State Capital. Four persons were arrested in this connection. The police acted on a tip-off given by the Intelligence Bureau (IB). The consignment was supposedly to be transported to Jharkhand where elections are to be held. The seized explosives were meant for Naxal outfit operating there.
A day after, the police stumbled upon a huge cache of firearms and raw materials, used particularly in making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from a rented house of Subodh Singh on Bhootnath Road under Agamkuan police station in Patna. The police seized 18 bags of explosive powder, 300 bottles of chemicals for preparing IEDs and landmines besides 7,221 live cartridges, 50 detonators, parts for making 14 carbines, two country made pistols and one container full of Naxal literature.
The police also recovered night vision instruments, wireless sets, compact discs, detonating devices besides files, disposable syringes and a red vehicle with a Jharkhand number plate and a metal plate with “Bharat Sarkar, Ayakar Vibhag, Patna” written on it.
Working on inputs garnered from the huge haul of explosives and arms in Patna, a special team of Bihar police raided a house of one Onkarnath in Bokaro in Jharkhand and recovered 32,000 live cartridges, one AK-47 rifle, two INSAS rifles, three hand grenades and a huge quantity of explosives on the third day. The inmates had left the house few days before the raid.
Two arms peddlers identified as Montu Sharma and Dhananjay Kumar, both residents of Aurangabad district, were arrested in Patna with 2,340 live cartridges, out of which 1,660 cartridges were of 315 bore, 480 cartridges were of .32 bore and 200 cartridges were of 9 mm bore. They admitted that ammunition was to be supplied to the criminals and the Maoists. The ammunition, bought in from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana, was to be sent to Munger, Aurangabad, Gaya and Jehanabad districts.
- Patna police had arrested 10 members of an inter-state gang and seized three rifles, one semi-automatic rifle, two pistols and 2,700 live cartridges besides Rs 2.50 lakh in cash in November last year.
- The police seized 14 pistols and 14 magazines from the possession of two persons when they were about to deliver the consignment under Rupaspur police station.
- The police seized 90 pieces of detonators, around 30 metre of fire wire and 60 kg of explosives from Maoists hiding at Akbarpur village in Jehanabad’s Makhdumpur block.
- In Nalanda, the police had seized 6,000 detonators, gelatin sticks and fuse wire besides 5,000 live cartridges and several magazines of Insas rifles.
- In Nawada, police had recovered 5,000 detonators and 4,200 gelatin sticks.
- In Gaya, 1,200 detonators and a large number of gelatin sticks were seized.