Cops crack AK 47 rifle case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2018 11:28:24



3 accused apprehended at Jamalpur in Munger district, Bihar. One accused still at large

Staff Reporter

Major success for Jabalpur police having emerged successful in apprehending three accused in the much hyped and talked about supply of AK 47 deadly rifle from Jabalpur at Jamalpur in Munger district, Bihar. One accused in the case remains at large for whom the search continues.

The success for police was shared with the media by SP Jabalpur Amit Singh in a press conference held on Thursday evening at Police Control Room. Giving details of the case, it was informed that, on 29.8.2018, at Jamalpur in Munger district of Bihar, one accused named as Imran, in possession of lethal AK 47 rifle, was caught by police. After being caught, the accused, in the course of interrogation, revealed that a person from Jabalpur made the part of the rifle at Jamalpur. The revelation that the spares of the weapon were allegedly supplied by person from Jabalpur to Jamalpur stunned the top brass of police force. Sensing gravity of the revelation, under the guidance of IG Jabalpur Anant Kumar Singh, DIG Bhagwat Singh Chauhan and SP Jabalpur, a team

was constituted, which comprised Crime Branch and Gorakhpur police personnel. The team, after being constituted, reached Panchsheel nagar and raised the house of Purushottam Rajak and his son Shailendra Rajak. In the course of search carried out, cops seized three live ammunition of the banned weapon, rifle spring, butt plate, trigger spring instrument required for rectification of rifle. Cops summarily apprehend Purushottam and he was subjected to interrogation for information. He revealed that, he retired from Army and served as Armourer. Since 2012, he used to get stolen rifle from COD godown by Suresh Thakur working in the godown. Having obtained the rifles, he used to rectify the weapons and sell it out. In the process, he had sold around 70 AK 47 rifles from 2012 to August 2018. He informed that, on 29.08.2018, he, along with his wife Chandrawati, left for Jamalpur from Katni and while returning from Jamalpur, came to know about the seizure of AK 47. SP informed that the investigations carried out reveal that Purushottam who served as Armourer in Army was well versed with weapons and their rectification. Suresh Thakur, serving at COD, used to provide old rifles that were refurbished by Rajak in clever manner. The defective parts were replaced by working parts from the COD.


Purushottam got support of his wife and son in illegal manufacturing and supply of lethal weapon. The accused used to sell one AK 47 rifle for a sum of Rs 5 lakh and used to gain profit of Rs 1 lakh against each sale of the deadly rifle. Bihar police have arrived at Jabalpur and are offering optimal support for the joint investigation. The accused Purushottam along with Suresh have been found in possession of property that includes flat, car, cash and other valuables. The property found would be seized upon as Income Tax Department has been informed about property amassed by the accused. Three accused apprehended have been named as Purushottam Ramdularey Rajak(51), resident of Panchsheel Nagar, his son Shailendra (24) and Suresh Balkishan Thakur(55), resident of Jaiprakash Nagar, Adhartal. The property seized by police includes Innova, Indica, Rs 5 lakh, Rs 78,000 and other goods from Purushottam and Shailendra, while a sum of Rs 6 lakh has been seized from Suresh Thakur. The police team comprised ASP Crime Shivesh Singh Bhaghel, Rajeev Chaturvedi DSP Crime, ASI Ramsnehi Sharma, Amrish Pandey, Dhananjay Singh, Vijay Shukla, Shushil Rajesh Pandey, from Gorakhpur, SHO Sandeep Ayachi, SI Hemant Yadav, Santosh Pandey and others. SP Jabalpur has announced prize for the police team.