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NIA Chargesheets an Arms Trafficker in recovery of AK Series Weapons

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New Delhi. Today (02.06.2021), NIA filed Supplementary Charge-Sheet before NIA Special Court, Patna, Bihar against an arms trafficker namely Rajiv Kumar Singh @ Chunnu Singh S/o Mithilesh Prasad Singh R/o Village-Tetar, PS-Atri, District-Gaya Bihar u/s 120B r/w 380 & 414 of IPC, Section 25 (1A), 25(1AA) & 26 of Arms Act and Section 39 of UA(P) Act 1967.

The case relates to recovery of 03 AK-47 weapons on the disclosure of charge-sheeted accused Shamsher Alam from the premises of Rizwana Begum. In this regard, an FIR was registered at PS- Muffasil, District Munger, Bihar against 26 accused persons and unknown others. NIA had re-registered the case on 05.10.2018 and taken over the investigation. 14 accused persons have been chargesheeted by NIA earlier in the case.

Investigation has revealed that certain employees and ex-employees of Central Ordinance Depot (COD) Jabalpur, M.P had conspired with a group of arms smugglers and had stolen a large number of AK series rifles, their parts and SLR’s from the sheds of COD, Jabalpur. The king-pin of the racket viz. Purshottam Lal Rajak an ex-armorer of COD had cannibalized serviceable parts from out of commission weapons and had manufactured functioning prohibited weapons such as AK-47. 22 such AK-47 have been recovered so far. These weapons stolen out of COD Jabalpur were then supplied to arms smugglers from Munger, Bihar which were then further supplied to naxals and criminals. The chargesheeted accused Rajiv Kumar Singh @ Chunnu Singh is a close associate of chargesheeted accused Manjur Alam. He was an important link in the chain of supply of cannibalized weapons and used to receive the weapons from Manjur Alam and had supplied the same to naxals and criminals in Bihar and Jharkhand.

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