Bhubaneswar: Busting an arms smuggling racket, the Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch today arrested two persons, including a 21-year-old BBA student, here and seized three bullets in this connection.
Acting on an intelligence input, the STF team intercepted Shanu Poddar (21), a resident of Jharkhand studying BBA at NIS College here. The cops also seized three 7.65 mm sophisticated automatic pistols and 22 numbers of ammunition from his possession.
During interrogation, it was revealed that the youth had procured the arms from outside the state and had come to Bhubaneswar to deliver the same to one Suressh Panigrahi (24) in Khandagiri police station area of Khordha district. Later, the STF lodged a case under Section 25 (a) of Arms Act and arrested both of them. They will be produced before the Bhubaneswar SDJM Court. Further investigation is on in this connection.
“Steps are being taken to find out the main source of procurement, persons to whom such arms and ammunition have been delivered and the entire networking of gang having inter-state links of such illegal trade ” said a statement issued by the STF.