2 cops suspended for supplying arms to Maoists

Faizabad Senior Superintendent of Police R K S Rathore said Jitendra Singh and Amar Singh have been suspended after they were found involved in ammunition smuggling.

The Special Task Force of the state police had arrested the four policemen from 3 different districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, including two from Faizabad, in connection with ammunition smuggling to the ultras.

The four are Sushil Kumar, armourer with the PAC’s 30th battalion in Gonda, Jitendra Singh and Amar Singh, both deployed as armourers in Faizabad, and Rajesh Shahi, an armourer with the Gorakhpur police, an official said.

They were held after an armourer of Basti district, who is being interrogated for his alleged involvement in the ammunition smuggling racket, disclosed their names, he said.
"We assisted the STF in making the arrests on the basis of statements given by our armourer," Faizabad Superintendent of Police (Basti) Gyan Singh said.
According to official sources, Amar Singh had supplied 200 rounds of ammunition to PAC constable Sushil Kumar Mishra and Rajesh Shahi had given about 1166 rounds of ammunition to PAC constable.

These ammunitions were supplied to Basti armourer Ram Kripal Chaubey and retired PAC inspector Yashodanand and both were arrested by STF, along with two Central Reserve Police Force personnel, on the charge of supplying arms to Maoists, police said.

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