Arms supplier lands in Hazaribag police net.

Hazaribag: Hazaribag police have arrested one Rana Singh alias Pappu Singh of Amba village in Tharthari of Nalanda district on Sunday for supplying arms to the Maoists in Hazaribag, Ramgarh and Chatra districts, said SP Pankaj Kamboj here on Monday.

He said Rana Singh, who was the gang leader of arms suppliers to the Maoists, used to finalize the deals with the rebels. The SP said police got information on illegal transaction of arms from Bihar after the arrest of three of his accomplices about a month ago.

Receiving the information that Rana Singh, the main culprit was hiding in a jungle near Charhi for discussions with the Maoists representatives, a police team led by officer in-charge of Charhi police station arrested him along with arms including revolver. The other culprits managed to escape.

The SP said Singh was wanted by the Hazaribag police in connection with the seizures made from his accomplices. He said after thorough interrogation, he confessed the before police that he has so far supplied 10 rifles to the Maoists earlier in instalment. He said their modus operandi was to supply the arms through their trusted workers to load the consignment on a bus from Nalanda and supply the consignment consisting of arms to the designated persons, who waited in remote areas and handed over the same to the Maoists who reached the place fixed between them through the jungle routes.

The SP further said after his arrest the Hazaribag police team went to Nalanda on Sunday night with the accused and conducted several raids along with the Bihar police and searched his residence where he used to keep the arms for the deal with the Maoists operating in Jharkhand and Bihar.

He, however, said that during the raid police could not procure any hidden arms but the Nalanda police informed that that two cases were filed in Nalanda earlier for supplying arms to the Maoists by him but could not be arrested. The SP said they got several information from him.

Courtesy: The Times of India 25.10.2011

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