An illegal gun manufacturing unit in Kodaikkal village has been busted and a habitual offender arrested in connection with the incident.
The villagers claimed that corrupt police officers remained silent over the illegal gun-making unit in exchange for money.
The Organised Crime Investigation Unit (OCIU) team’s operation succeeded with the arrest of M Ravi, who apparently mastered gun-making in just a few hours.
Police personnel, posing as prospective buyers, approached Ravi, who agreed to manufacture a gun for `6,000 after a lot of bargaining. The police caught him red-handed with the newly-made gun and raw materials from his house.
The team handed him over to Kondapalayam police who filed a case against Ravi under the Indian Arms Act and remanded him in the Vellore Central Prison for Men. The police also launched a hunt for his accomplices M Devendran and R Sekar, who were absconding.