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Kolkata: The special task force (STF) of Kolkata Police has bust a racket that has been smuggling firearms from the Central PSU Ichhapur Rifle Factory located in North 24-Parganas district of Bengal.

STF has so far arrested six persons in this connection. Two of them are managerial staff of the Rifle Factory, two are contractual staff, and two are arms dealers hailing from Bihar.

STF chief Murlidhar Sharma today said that more people are suspected to be involved in the racket that has been running since 2008.

The latest arrest was made on Thursday night from Barakar near Asansol. An STF team nabbed Ganesh Paswan alias Bhagwanji, one of the two arms dealers. He allegedly supplied sophisticated firearms smuggled out from the factory to the Maoists in Bihar and Jharkhand.

His boss, Bihar’s notorious arms dealer Ajay Pandit alias Guddu was arrested by the STF earlier. By quizzing him, STF got the cue about Ganesh Paswan. Police produced the latest catch at Bankshall Court in Kolkata today and managed to secure 14 days police remand for him.

STC chief Sharma said that the chance arrest of the Rifle Factory’s contract workers Umesh Roy and Kartik Sau from Babughat in Kolkata has led to the organised arms smuggling racket that has been active for the past so many years. The two hail from the same Icchapur area where the factory is located.

Their arrest had led to the netting of Sukhada Murmu alias Munmun and Sushanta Basu, who worked as junior works managers at the Rifle Factory.