Correspondent

  • Guns, live cartridges buried in a garbage dump
  • 20-year-old youth's arrest has led to seizure

    CUTTACK: Cuttack city police on Friday retrieved at least 20 country made revolvers, pistols, two live catridges and four bhujalis buried underground at an unsuspecting place near a garbage dump yard of the city.

    It was revealed that the cache of arms was reportedly stolen from the Cuttack Sadar court malkhana (court storeroom where seized materials are kept for trial procedures).

    The Malgodown police have arrested a 20-year-old youth Sk. Chhotu alias Roshan in this connection. The accused was also wanted by the police in connection with an abduction and rape of a minor. Chhotu was wanted in as many as 30 cognisable offences like theft, burglary, robbery, chain snatching, abduction and rape, says Cuttack SP S K Priyadarshi.

    Speaking to newsmen here on Friday, the SP informed that Chhotu was arrested on Thursday evening when he was moving suspiciously near the railway over bridge. "During search, police retrieved a revolver, two live cartridges and a bhujali from his possession. On further interrogation, it was revealed that Chhotu was involved in pilfering arms and ammunition from court malkhana", Priyadarshi informed.

    Subsequently, a team of policemen led by Malgodown police station inspector-in-charge P K Rath raided a slum area near Sati Choura and retrieved the cache of arms kept inside a jar cane buried underground.

    "Of the 20 guns, eight are revolvers while the remaining are single-shot pistols of country make having court seals on all of them," Mr Rath said.

    The SP further informed that the Lalbagh police station of the city after registering a case of theft in the court malkhana was investigating into the matter. "The court clerk on January 8 had lodged a complaint saying at least six sealed packets were stolen from the malkhana on the intervening night of January 7-8. The complainant, however, had not made any inventory yet about the materials stolen from the malkhana," the SP added.