Bhubaneswar, April 16 (LocalWire): Police on Monday raided a country-made firearm unit operating inside the staff quarters of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology here and arrested an OUAT supervisor for running the illegal unit.
Police said Nayak who was allotted another quarter had taken this one on rent to carry on the illegal business. Police found three half made revolvers, gun powder and other explosives used in firearm manufacturing.
Police got the tip off after few neighbours heard explosions from the house. ‘The accused used to manufacture firecrackers long ago.
Subsequently, he started assembling firearm parts. We are trying to ascertain how many firearms he had sold and the name of miscreants who purchased those.
We have already moved court seeking his remand for further investigation,’ said a police official.
Easy availability of firearms is the major reason behind a series of firing incidents in the city in the last two months.
Statistics available with the police revealed seizure of as many as 200 firearms in the state capital between 2013 and 2018. Police also seized 410 bullets from various accused during this period.
Earlier, firearms, mostly country-made revolvers, were smuggled from Ranapur in Nayagarh district and Mangalpur in Dhenkanal district.
Now its mostly smuggled from Munger in Bihar where illegal manufacturing of firearms is considered a cottage industry.