Correspondent

All three arms dealers, including a woman, belong to Munger area of Bihar

CUTTACK: The Cuttack police on Sunday night made a major breakthrough in illegal arms trade in the city when Mangalabag police arrested three persons from Bihar from a city hotel and seized huge cache of arms and ammunitions from their possession. “All three arms dealers, including a woman, belong to Munger area of Bihar and they are veterans in the trade having visited the city on several occasions earlier to deliver the illegal consignments,” said DCP A.N. Sinha on Monday. Police have seized 17 guns from their possession, including nine single-shot pistols, four mousers (sophisticated pistols) and four revolvers (sixers).

Besides 90 bullets of different sizes were recovered from the gunrunners who were staying in Bikram Lodge of Thoria Sahi for last three days, said Mangalabag police inspector P K Jena.

Police said investigations are now in progress to trace the customers of these gunrunners, who had probably placed orders for these consignments earlier. A single shot pistol costs around Rs 1000 in the grey market while a sixer is priced around Rs 5000 but the mouser is dearer among them costing Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000, police said.

This is perhaps the biggest arms haul in the city, said the DCP adding that illegal arms manufacturing units thriving in Bihar and Jharkhand states are now targeting Orissa.