Bhubaneswar, April 9 -- Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force (STF) of the Crime Branch arrested two arms smugglers following a raid near Sikharghat bridge under Niali police limits in Cuttack district on Friday.

The accused- Suresh Kumar Das alias Kalia and Soumyaranjan Dalei, hail from Jagatsinghpur district and were part of a larger crime syndicate. Eight illegal firearms, including two sophisticated pistols have been seized from their possession.

The development assumes much significance as the seizures come ahead of the crucial bypoll for the Pipili assembly constituency.

"Acting on an intelligence input, we intercepted the two gun runners and recovered eight illegal pistols, including two sophisticated ones and 20 live ammunition f...