October 03, 2018: Acting on a tip-off, Police arrested one person with firearms from a Dharmanagar hotel in North Tripura district at the wee hours of Tuesday. Police sources said, three foreign made Pistols along with 25 round live bullets were seized from the possession of one Pranjit Das.
After arrests of three persons with firearms in Sabroom recently, this was the second such incident. “With ganja and drug mafias – for the first time – are in tight spot and smuggling across the border is also becoming difficult after BJP-led Government assumed power in Tripura, in-flow of deadly weapons is emerging as a major concern”, informed sources said.
According to available information, value of today’s seized firearms stands at around Rs 6-7 lakh.
After getting information from secret sources, North District SP Bhanu Pada Chakraborty alerted the Dharmanagar Police and a team led by the SDPO of Dharmanagar Jyotisman Das Choudhury and OC Benu Madhab Deb launched a manhunt at hotels near Dharmanagar rail station on Tuesday late night and ultimately succeeded in nabbing Pranjit Das from a Guest House near Kalibari temple in Dharmanagar Office tila area.
Preliminary information revealed that Pranjit – hails from Debipur of Bishalgarh sub-division -was travelling Silchar to Agartala and took possession of firearms after reaching at Badarpur. As he could not find any Agartala bound vehicle at night, he stayed at a hotel.
Sources said, “Pranjit is yet to divulge details to Police – especially motive behind procuring firearms”. Police lodged a case under Arms Act against Pranjit, Police sources said.
In recent past, Police arrested three persons with firearms at Southern most part of the State – Sabroom, and in that case, firearms were country made. However, from Pranjit, Police recovered three foreign made Pistols of different sizes.