NIA team in H’bag to get more clues about US arms

HAZARIBAG: A two-member team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Lucknow is in town to conduct further probe into the recent recovery of M-16 rifle, used by the US army, and UK-manufactured bulletproof jacket from CPI (Maoist) activists.

These arms were recovered by police on August 29 from Silodar forest located on the border of Barachatti police station area of Gaya in Bihar and Chouparan police station area of Hazaribag. Two persons were arrested ins this connection.

SP Manoj Kaushik said immediately after the recovery, higher authorities were informed. “We had informed the state government and the Union home ministry about the exchange of foreign arms between the CPI (Maoist) and foreign mercenaries. After interrogating the duo by both NIA and Hazaribag police in the first round early this month, we were convinced that these arms reached to this part of the country with the help of banned foreign mercenaries and some dreaded anti-national activists.”

After a detailed probe by NIA team in the past few days, one team from Lucknow, headed by a DSP, came here again on Friday. “The team collected some evidences and is trying to get more clues from the arrested Maoists lodged in the Hazaribagh Central Jail. The team is making efforts to join the missing links to reach to the gang which supplies weapons to the rebels,” the SP added.

Police sources said the NIA team was close to the gang and some more arrests were likely to be made in the next few days from Jharkhand and Bihar.

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