Illegal gun factory busted

Phulbani (Odisha): An illegal arms manufacturing unit was unearthed and its owner, suspected to be making guns for Maoists, arrested by security personnel in Odisha`s Kandhamal district, official sources said today.

The factory was raided near Raliguda village during a joint combing operation by police and CRPF, B S Punia, Sub-Collector of Balliguda said.

Judhister Mallick, said to be its owner, was arrested and some gun manufacturing apparatus and equipment were seized from the spot yesterday, he said.

Mallick, a resident of the neighbouring Haripur village, had come to Raliguda a couple of months ago and had allegedly set up the factory, sources said. It is suspected that Mallick produced weapons for supply to the Maoists.