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Arms racket: Jharkhand ATS nabs fourth accused from Dhanbad

Ranchi: Two days after the arrest of three persons in connection to illegal arms smuggle and sale, Jharkhand’s anti-terrorism squad (ATS) on Thursday announced of nabbing one more person named as Kamendra Singh from Dhanbad, country’s coal capital.

He too was linked to the trio who were held on Monday for supply of arms to CPI (Maoists) and other banned criminal outfits in the country.  

ATS in a statement said that Singh’s arrest was done from Chirkunda police station area in Dhanbad. Police also announced of seizing two country-made pistols, live cartridges (14) and magazines (three).

ATS informed that Singh’s name surfaced during the interrogation of three persons held two days ago post which raid teams were formed to trace and track him. “Pankaj Kumar Singh, who was part of the three criminals held before during the interrogation, had revealed that Kamendra and few of his accomplices were also part of their racket and were operating from Dhanbad. Kamendra is also a coal trader and was active in land related dealings,” said ATS officials, adding that they have sourced details about the deeper network of illegal arms racket after the fourth arrest and raids were on to nail them.

Besides Pankaj, other two who were arrested two days were identified as Avinash Kumar alias Chhunu Sharma, a Crpf constable who was posted in Pulwama, and Rishi Kumar. Police also recovered 450 rounds of bullets (5.56mm) so far from their possession. All three were originally the natives of Bihar.

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