Arms smuggling racket busted in Bhubaneswar, two held

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Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch on Monday busted an Arms smuggling racket the city here with the arrest of two persons.

The accused persons were identified as Shanu Poddar and Suresh Kumar Panigrahi.

Acting on intelligence input about an arms consignment, a special team of STF conducted a raid and apprehended Poddar with firearms. Besides, three 7.65 MM Sophisticated Automatic Pistols, five magazines and 22 ammunition were recovered from his possession.

During the interrogation, it was ascertained the accused had come to Bhubaneswar to deliver the arms and ammunition to one Suresh Kumar Panigrahi of Khurda. Based on the statement, Panigrahi was arrested by the STF.

A case (13/20) has been registered against the accused persons under Section 25 (a) Arms Act and forwarded to the SDJM court.

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