PATNA: Patna police on Friday arrested 13 persons, including a general manager of a private security agency, and seized ten long-range firearms, including five guns without valid licences.
Along with the firearms, 70 live cartridges of .315 bore and 49 of .12 bore were also seized from their procession. While 11 persons were arrested from two SUVs from near Luv-Kush Tower under Gandhi Maidan police station at around 2am, two were arrested later.
Those arrested persons from Patna were identified as Lalji Singh from Goar and SM Shammi from Chondi from Barh, Shailendra Kumar Singh of Shanti Niketan colony in Bhoothnath Road and Yugalkishore Singh from Vidhapuri Colony in Patrakar Nagar.
Rest of the arrested persons were Rahunath Singh from Sanya and Shambhu Sharan Sharma Bara in Bhojpur, Vijendra Rai from Diyaman in Buxar, Dilip Kumar Singh from Chaksingaar in Vaishali, Laxman Singh from Tarhani in Kaimur, Madhurendra Kumar Singh from Dumri and Ashok Kumar from Salempur in Saran and Arun Kumar Sahni from Rajpurbuzurg in Samastipur.
Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj said that the arrested persons included 10 security guards, two drivers and general manager Yugalkishore Singh.
He said that all of them were working for a security firm named Smart Detective and Security Services Private Limited located in Kankarbagh locality of Patna.
“Three of the firearms were modified which automatically makes them illegal while licences of three other firearms were issued from Jammu and Kashmir which is suspected to be fake,” he said, adding all had gone to Afzalpur village under Patepur police station area in Vaishali and were returning to Patna when they were caught.
“An FIR was lodged in connection with the seizures. All 13 persons were arrested,” he said, adding, the firm’s managing directors Ranjit Patel and wife Arundhati Tiwari were also made named accused in the FIR.
He said Vijendra is accused in firearm theft case in Buxar and was evading arrest from a long time. “A police team from Buxar would reach Patna to take him,” he said.
Meanwhile, police sources said that all had gone to Patepur to guard a programme which was being opposed by locals. “Vaishali police had reached the spot from where they had fled,” sources said.
They also said that the firm owner used to pay extra amount to those persons who had modified firearms with them. “The gunmen were paid Rs 800 of guarding programme,” sources said.