Key Accused in AK-47 Smuggling Case Arrested

Police arrest Manzar Alam on charges of smuggling AK-47 in Bihar.

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Patna: A special investigative unit of the Patna police on Tuesday arrested the key accused in the AK-47 assault rifles smuggling case raising the total number of arrests to 14.

Manzar Alam, the man accused of smuggling out assault rifles from Central Ordnance Depot in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and selling them to Maoists in Bihar, was taken into custody from a house in Buddha Colony. Police seized a country-made pistol from his possession.

Police have so far seized 20 assault rifles and hundreds of parts required in repairing AK-47 rifles from Munger, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said.

"Manzar Alam has confessed of buying rifles from one Mohammed Shamsher and selling them to Maoists in Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad, and Nalanda districts. Police had been searching for him since the recovery of AK-47 rifles and parts from Munger on August 29," Maharaj said.

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