VILLUPURAM: A special police team recovered as many as 101 guns abandoned by tribal villagers, from various spots surrounding Kalvarayan Hills on Thursday.
C Raja Kannan, an official attached to the special team said, “An awareness meet chaired by Villupuram Superintendent of Police V Vikraman was held on Tuesday. During the meet, villagers were requested to either surrender or abandon the guns possessed by them illegally to avoid legal action. As a result of this, as many as 101 Single Barrel Muzzle Loading (SBML) guns were found dumped in public places in five villages.”
The respective VAOs informed the police, who recovered the abandoned guns. Addressing mediapersons at the Kachirapalayam police station, SP Vikraman said, “Based on secret information that many unlicensed guns are being possessed by tribal people in the outskirts of Kalvarayan Hills, a special team was formed to unearth the gun manufacturing unit. The team busted the unit in Paapathi Moolai village on November 29. Eleven persons, including the owner of the unit and 10 other tribal villagers, were arrested.”
“Though the villagers have come forward and abandoned so many guns on a single day, the searches will continue until all such guns are confiscated from Kalvarayan Hills area,” he added.