Indian police officer suspended for stealing arms and ammunition

10:45, May 08, 2010      

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An Assistant Commandant of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) of India has been suspended for stealing arms and ammunition, after a Court of Inquiry has been ordered against Assistant Commandant J. K. Mishra, said an official Friday.

"Assistant Commandant of the Central Reserve Police Force J. K. Mishra has been suspended for allegedly failing to maintain the Central Weaponry store of CRPF here resulting in disappearance of huge quantity of live cartridges recently," said Manoj Kumar Dubey, Deputy Inspector General, CRPF, Lucknow range.

"The lost arms and ammunition could have landed into the hands of criminal outfits and Naxals," he said.

He was referring to extreme left-wing rebels who are staging an insurgency in several Indian states.

The Special Task Force (STF) on April 30 arrested five security personnel and a retired sub-inspector for smuggling large quantity of cartridges out of the CRPF group centre at Rampur to various criminal gangs and possibly Naxals.

Over 5,000 live cartridges, 16 magazines of INSAS rifles, and SLR and AK-47s, among others, were recovered besides 245 kg of empty shells following raids at various places.



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