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Vikash Sharma

Cuttack: In a major breakthrough, the Commissionerate Police recovered 16 guns and over 1000 rounds of live ammunitions during an intense crackdown on the crime network of gangster brothers - Sushil and Sushant Dhalasamant in the past 24 hours in Cuttack.

Twin City Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi on Friday informed that eight firearms, 16 magazines and 1000 rounds of ammunitions were recovered following a raid on the residence of the gangster brothers at CDA on Thursday evening.

The raid was conducted basing on the information shared by an arms peddler Prakash Behera, who was arrested by a special team of Choudwar Police yesterday, said Sarangi.

According to Police, Prakash was supplying arms to local gangs in the city. He was earlier arrested for his alleged links with D-brothers in 2016 and was released on bail.

Choudwar IIC nabbed Prakash and recovered two firearms from his possession. During interrogation, Prakash revealed to have supplied firearms to one Saroj Sethi who then confessed to have smuggled a lot of arms to the gangster brothers before their arrest in 2016.

Subsequently a raid was conducted on the residence of Dhalasamant Brothers on Thursday. “Eight guns, 16 magazines, over 1000 live ammo were recovered from the spot. All the weapons were found hidden in secrete chambers within interior designs in the house,” said Sarangi.

Prakash Behera also confessed to have supplied firearms to six persons who have been arrested. So far the Commissionerate Police has recovered 16 weapons, 1095 live ammunitions and arrested eight persons following a crackdown in the past 24 hours.

“We suspect that many firearms would still be hidden inside interiors of the gangster brothers’ house at CDA. “We will bring both Sushil and Sushant Dhalsamant on remand for further investigation.”

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