Bengal rifle factory cashier arrested for mammoth hijacking

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He was arrested following multiple inconsistencies in his statement.

He was arrested following multiple inconsistencies in his statement.

The CBI is examining all aspects of the case to uncover the details of the multi-million dollar embezzlement.

CBI on Wednesday arrested the cashier of the Ichapur Rifle Factory for embezzlement of Rs. 1.60 crore, in the south of 24 Parganas of West Bengal. The accused, Madhusudan Mukherjee, allegedly used the company’s money to meet his expenses.

The CVO (Chief Vigilance Officer) of the Ichapur Rifle Factory filed a complaint on April 4, 2016. Following this, the CBI registered an FIR on October 16 of the same year. There are reports that the CBI summoned Mukherjee more than once, but he refused to cooperate with the investigation. He was arrested following multiple inconsistencies in his statement.

The CBI is examining all aspects of the case to uncover the details of the multi-million dollar embezzlement. The search is launched for any leads leading to a more important player in the game, or even accomplices that the accused may have had.

In 2016, a similar racket was discovered at the Ichapur Rifle Factory relating to the smuggling of weapon parts to different parts of the country. It was then that it became apparent that parts of weapons had been smuggled into the Maoists of Bihar. Two factory workers, Shambhu Bhattacharya and Bikash Sau, were arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata police.

A difficult decision was taken by the Center after this incident. At Ichapur Rifle Factory, each part of a weapon has a special number. The parts of the weapon were secured according to the markings, in order to reduce the risk of additional parts being smuggled out. Today, after three years, allegations of financial embezzlement have surfaced. We are trying to find out if a Maoist clique is actively behind all of this.

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