September 2003 News

25,000 Live AK-47 Cartridges Found In Jammu-bound Truck

3 September 2003
The Asian Age

Kolkata: In a massive ammunition haul, the Kolkata police on Wednesday seized over 25,000 live cartridges meant for use in AK-47 rifles from a Jammu-bound truck. Police commissioner Sujoy Chakraborty said: 'Officers seized over 25,000 cartridges for AK-47 rifles from a truck parked at Dhobitalao on Hide Road.' The driver is reportedly missing. The police gleaned the information from intelligence inputs in early August that a a huge consignment of arms and ammunition sent from the Northeastern states will be routed to Jammu and Kashmir. Sleuths immediately started working on the lead and spotted a few trucks parked in the Dhobitalao area. On Wednesday, officers led by DCDD (special) Piyush Pandey visited the spot and impounded the truck. Forty-nine packets of cartridges were stashed in the ceiling over the driver's cabin. While some packets contain 400 cartridges, other packets contained nearly 600 cartridges. Mr Chakraborty said: 'All these are 7.62 bore bullets and foreign made. The experts will trace the country where these were made.' Detective department chief Soumen Mitra said: 'The truck reached Kolkata laden with bamboo on August 6 and was parked at Dhobitalao.' Two Kashmiri men, aged between 45 to 50, came to the parking place on August 21 to change the existing registration number (AS01C-6924). A new numberplate (ML07-5859) was put up. When being asked by the chowkidar Mohammed Alamgir, the two men said there was a registration problem which made them get a new registration from Meghalaya. The duo left the spot and never came back. The driver is also missing.


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