A 35-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday with arms and ammunition in a special raid carried out in view of beefed-up security on Republic Day eve from Sripur village in West Bengal.
Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Safirul Sheikh from Sripur under Kaliachak police station area. “Four improvised pipe guns, four cartridges, one .7 mm pistol and six cartridges were seized from his possession,” Malda Superintendent of Police Arnab Ghosh said.
“He was carrying the arms and ammunition in a plastic bag,” he said. Police is interrogating him, a officer said.
Thousands of Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel will be keeping a tight vigil on Republic Day in the national capital on Thursday with special emphasis on neutralising air-borne threats in view of intelligence inputs.
Special arrangements have been made at the historic Rajpath where President Pranab Mukherjee, who is the supreme commander of armed forces, will be witnessing nation’s military might that will be on display.
The entire Central and New Delhi region will have nearly 50,000 security personnel drawn from Delhi Police and Central security forces guarding every nook and corner.
In view of recent intelligence inputs that terror groups like LeT might be planning to use helicopter charter services and charter flights to launch attack through air, Delhi Police along with other security agencies are keeping a tight vigil.