A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawan and his friend were arrested for allegedly stealing arms and ammunition from a camp of the security force and trying to sell them to naxals in Dantewada district, police said on Wednesday.
Both are natives of Osra village in Dantewada's neighbouring Bijapur district, located around 450 km from the state capital Raipur, the SP said.
During interrogation, Kujur claimed that some more police personnel from Bijapur and Dantewada were involved in the nexus, Pallava said, adding more arrests were likely after the investigation.
He said an investigation was launched after theft of two self-loading rifles and four magazines, containing 70 rounds of ammunition, from the CAF camp came to light a few days back.
Based on suspicion, phone call details of Kujur, who was on leave for the last few days, were checked. Later, during interrogation, the accused admitted to have stolen the weapons to sell them to naxals, Pallava said.
The investigation also revealed that Kujur was allegedly involved in providing ammunition to naxals for the last five years in lure of money. This was the first time that he had struck a deal to supply automatic firearms to ultras, the SP said.
Describing it as a "very sensitive" issue, he said, "For the first time in the state, a policeman has been arrested in a case of pilferage of arms and ammunition and selling it to Maoists."
Pallava said Kujur had struck a deal for selling the rifles at Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh each and a round of ammunition for Rs 500.
Kujur's friend Netam was acting as his courier to supply the weapons to naxals, the SP said, adding a case has been registered against the accused under IPC sections 380 (theft) and 457 (trespass or house-breaking by night in order to commit offence).
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