Himachal Police raid shops of arms dealer suspected of supplying weapons to Naxalites

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Shimla: With an arms haul destined for Midnapur in West Bengal seized by the special operations police in Uttar Pradesh, police here raided shops Manvir Singh Bahra’s, the Shimla based arms dealer, who was arrested with the consignment on the Indo-Nepal border on Sunday.

Giving details about the raids conducted, Superintended Police Sonal Agnihotri said that of the 6 shops sealed on Monday two were searched today and only the stock register for the year 2009 was recovered from Bahra’s shop in Lower Bazar.

“Along with varied weaponry found, one prohibited bore rife has been recovered,” he said.

Neither the sale register for 2009, nor the stock and sale register for the year 2010 has been found in the Shimla shop, he said.

At the Theog shop, which was also searched, the stock and sale register has been recovered, he added.

The special operations group of UP police had arrested two members of a gang on Sunday, which included Bahra and seized four sophisticated imported pistols and 1400 rounds of ammunition from them in Bahraich district, about 130 Km for Lucknow.

Bahra’s house has also sealed. However, no further arrests have been made in this connection,” said Agnihotri.

Preliminary investigation reveal that the accused used to purchase arms and ammunition from an arms dealer based in Gwalior (in Madhya Pradesh) and sell some of them to the Naxalites,” Agnihotri said.

“We are trying to find out if any other person from the state is also involved in this clandestine trade,” he added.

The arms dealer who also has shops in Arki town in Solan district and Kalka town in Haryana have also sealed, said the police official.

Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

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