Patna: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), on Tuesday 13 October 2020 conducted searches at premises of Sanmario Pharmaceuticals Private Limited and the house of the Director of the Company, Chandra Vijay Pratap in Patna in connection with investigation of Purnea Arms Case.
Sanmario Pharmaceuticals Private Limited was incorporated in 2015. The company is a manufacturer of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines. The company has two directors. Chandra Vijay Pratap is one of them.
The present case pertains to interdiction of an SUV and seizure of highly sophisticated weapons and ammunition on 7 February 2019 by Purnea Police from three persons – Suraj Prasad, Varengnow Kahorngam and Clearson Kabo. The weapons included 2 Under Barrel Grenade Launchers, 1 AK series rifle and 1800 rounds of 5.56 mm ammunition that were kept concealed and were being transported by the three persons in the SUV. The local police registered FIR No. 35/19 on 7 February 2019 at Police Station-Baisi against the three accused persons.
NIA re-registered the case as RC-05/2019/NIA-DLI 28 February 2019, under Sections 16, 17, 18, 18B & 19 of UA (P) Act, Sections 414, 467, 468, 471 & 474 of IPC and sections 25(1)(a), 25(1A), 25(1AA), 25(1-B)(a), 26, 29 & 35 of Arms Act. During its investigation, NIA arrested 4 more accused – Tripuari Singh, Mukesh Singh, Ningkhan
Sangtam and Santosh Singh and filed Chargesheet against the seven accused persons.
The investigation revealed that a large number of illegal sophisticated prohibited weapons and ammunition were
supplied by accused Ningkhan Sangtam, a self-styled Major of NSCN (IM) through an arms dealer of Bihar to the absconding accused Bhikhan Ganjhu, Zonal Commander of the Tritya Prastuti Committee (TPC), a Naxal terrorist gang.
Suspect Chandra Vijay Pratap @ Sushil had transferred a huge amount of funds to the account of accused Ningkhan Sangtam.
During the searches, several incriminating documents pertaining to monetary transactions have been seized. Further investigation in the case is continued.