BHAGALPUR: Police on Friday arrested a government middle school teacher, Pradip Ravidas, and seized a country-made carbine and live cartridges from his possession
Pradip, a teacher at Lattipur Mushari Middle School under the Bihapur police station area in Bhagalpur district, is allegedly associated with an inter-district arms smuggling gang. He was on way to supply arms to someone when the police arrested him.
Bhagalpur SP (incharge) and city SP Sushant Kumar Saroj said Pradip has a criminal background. “Investigations made so far have revealed that he used to procure country-made illegal arms and ammunition from Munger and supply them to the criminals and arms smugglers,” the SP said.
Police said the matter came to light after Pradip’s motorcycle collided with another two-wheeler near Jagatpur village under the Lodipur police station area in the district. One Saroj Phuttu Jha was riding pillion to Pradip’s bike.
When the riders of the other bike asked for compensation for the damages caused to their vehicle, Pradip and his accomplice thrashed the duo and brandished weapons at them. Soon, locals assembled at the spot in large number got hold of Pradip along with the firearms.
Informed by the locals, police rushed to the spot and arrested Pradip. Saroj, however, managed to escape. “Efforts are on to arrest Saroj and others involved in illegal arms smuggling,” city SP Sushant said.