A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable serving in Pulwama since 2017 was amongst three folks arrested by Jharkhand’s Anti-Terrorist Squad for allegedly supplying arms and ammunition to CPI (Maoist) cadre and different suspected criminals within the state.
The police stated they provided AK-47 and INSAS rifles to Maoists in “huge numbers”.
CRPF constable Avinash Kumar, 29, had been absent from work for the final 4 months. The police registered an FIR towards him in addition to development contractors Pankaj Singh, 48, and Rishi Kumar, 49, on November 14. They invoked sections of the Arms Act, the Criminal Law Amendment Act, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and a number of IPC sections. All three are from Bihar. The police haven’t disclosed the date and place of arrest.
ATS Superintendent of Police Prashant Anand stated: “A gang is supplying arms and ammunition to the cadres of CPI (Maoists) and to the gangsters. After an initial investigation, we arrested three members of the gang, including CRPF constable Avinash Kumar with the help of Bihar ATS. As per our questioning till now, it has come on record that they supplied AK-47 and INSAS rifles in huge numbers to the CPI(Maoist) cadre. They have also supplied to gangsters.”
Anand stated additionally they seized 450 dwell INSAS rifle rounds.
The police stated the arrested constable was posted within the CRPF’s 182 Battalion in Pulwama. He was recruited from the Mokama Group Centre in 2011. Kumar had served within the CRPF’s 112 Battalion in Latehar and the 204 Cobra Battalion in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh earlier than his 2017 Pukwama posting started.
The police stated that the accused folks labored with alleged gangster Aman Sahu, at present incarcerated in a Jharkhand jail, and two different suspected criminals, Harendra Yadav and Lallu Khan, who’re lodged in Gaya jail.
One of the opposite two arrested individuals, Rishi Kumar, labored as a transporter within the Hatia space and doubled up as a constructing contractor. According to the police, Rishi Kumar got here in contact with two highway development contractors, Sanjay Singh and Muhahir, in Chaibasa-Saraikela space. “Maoists sourced their ammunition through this chain,” stated a police supply.
Suspect Pankaj Singh labored on coal and land contracts in Dhanbad.
Sanjay Singh, in the meantime, was additionally in contact with arms and ammunition contractors in Nagaland and Assam, aside from Jharkhand and Bihar. He is but to be arrested.