National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe into the recovery of 20 AK-47 allegedly smuggled from the Central Ordnance Depot in Jabalpur to Munger district of Bihar. Earlier the Bihar government has requested the centre to take over the probe in the arms deal racket.
20 AK-47 semi-automatic rifles and over 500 parts have so far been recovered from Wardha village in the Munger district. Munger SP Babu Ram told AIR that the smugglers had virtually turned the village into a dumping ground for assault rifles and their parts.
Over one dozen persons have so far been arrested from Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. The SP said Mohammad Riyazur Rehman, a retired army jawan, is the kingpin of the racket. Riyazur was arrested from Bengal’s New Jalpaiguri on 9th September.
The Munger police have already initiated the process to confiscate movable and immovable assets of the arrested arms smugglers. Sources said total 70 AK-47 rifles are said to have been smuggled from the Central Ordnance Depot in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, since 2012.
The investigating officer said the racket was going on unabated since 2012. He added that It came to the fore on August 29 when one Imam, a resident of Munger, was arrested with three AK-47s.