Agartala: Tripura police have arrested a 20-year-old youth who was allegedly running an inter-state illegal firearms racket, police said.

The accused, Vikas Kumar, is a resident of Vaishali district in Bihar. He was arrested with 4 grams of heroin and magazine during a raid conducted by the New Capital Complex (NCC) police station in Goalabasti area on Tuesday last.

Speaking with reporters, NCC police station officer-in-charge Subimal Barman said the police bust the illegal firearms and drug racket based on a tip-off.

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“The police chased the boys suspected to be involved in an illegal racket. Two of them managed to escape from the scene, but Vikas Kumar was arrested by the police,” Barman said.

He also said that Vikash was charged under criminal conspiracy, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and the Arms Act.

“He was produced before the court which first sent him to one day police custody and on Wednesday he was sent to 14 days of judicial custody where he would be interrogated,” the officer in-charge said.

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The police officer further said that they suspect him to be involved with the illegal arms trade racket between two states: Tripura and Bihar. The police continue the search to nab the two youths who managed to flee the spot.

Earlier in June, 2019, Tripura Police busted an arms racket at Kalacherra, a remote tribal village in south Tripura district.

Three country-made guns, 23 cartridges of AK 47, 167 empty cartridges of 9 mm pistols, five empty cartridges of SLR, one welding machine and some sophisticated tool box were recovered.

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