Cuttack: The Commissionerate Police recovered huge cache of arms during raid on the house of jailed gangster brothers Dhala Smanta brothers and crackdown on their associates in the last 24 hours.
Twin City Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi told the media persons that total 16 sophisticated country made pistols, 24 magazines and 1095 ammunitions of different types, 16 mobile phones and four motorcycles were seized during the operation.
The raid was conducted on the basis of the information provided by an arms peddler Prakash Behera, who was arrested by a special team of Choudwar Police on Thursday.
Prakash was supplying arms to local gangs in the city. He was earlier arrested for his alleged links with D-brothers in 2016 and released on bail.
“During interrogation, Prakash revealed that he was supplying guns to one Sarat Sethy and several others. Sarat disclosed that Prakash was supplying him arms and ammunition during the last five years under the instructions of the D-Brothers,” said Sarangi.
Before the arrest of the Dhala Samanta brothers, Sarat had kept the arms and ammunition at the residence of the duo. A special police team was formed and the house was searched by the cops on Thursday. The arms were procured from Munger in Bihar. Total eight persons have been arrested in this connection.
“We suspect presence of more weapons in the house, for which we will take the Dhalasamanta brothers on remand for questioning,” Sarangi said.
The gangster brothers are involved in extortion despite being lodged in jail. Sharp watch has been kept on such activities, he added.