Guwahati, June 13 : Meghalaya police on Wednesday morning had made another huge haul of weapons in the north eastern state.
Meghalaya police had recovered huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives belonging to banned Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in East Garo Hills district, which were buried in the forest area by the outfit
According to the reports, based on intelligence input, a police team of East Garo Hills district had launched operation in Dorengkigre village area in East Garo Hills district on Wednesday morning.
East Garo Hills district Superintendent of Police (SP) R Momin said that, the search teams were assisted by some villagers who helped the police to unearth some of the weapons.
Security personnel had recovered one AK series rifle, two numbers of two inch mortar, two numbers of RPG with cover, one mortal shell, one RPG launcher, one HK 5.56 mm assault rifle, one land mine detonator cap, 12 numbers of pistol magazines, 153 rounds 5.56 mm ammunition, 55 numbers of remote bomb circuit, 94 rounds 7.62 mm ammunition, 11 numbers of bomb remote control, one walkie talkie set and 13 electronic detonators from the remote area.
“It is suspected that the AK series rifle belongs to the police and may have been taken away by the GNLA militants in an ambush. It is yet to be confirmed in which ambush, but the model is similar to the ones used by police. So far three RPGs have been recovered from different locations but this is the first time that two mortars have been recovered,” the top Meghalaya cop said.
The East Garo Hills district SP further said that, efforts are still on to recover the hidden weapons.
After killing of Sohan D Shira, C-in-C of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Meghalaya police is now trying to crack down the insurgent group and recovering arms, ammunition and explosives of the outfit.
On May 13 last, Meghalaya police had recovered 4 RPG rockets, one 7.62 LMG, two 7.62 LMG barrels, one .303 LMG barrels, one G3 rifle, 90 rounds of
rifle ammunition, four charger clips from Bawegre village area, which were buried by the suspected GLNA militants.
On April 9, Meghalaya Police recovered 30 pistols with 44 pistol magazines, 2 AK46, 1 LMG and 2 magazines, 1 INSAS and 2 magazines, 44 SLR magazines, 1 AK magazine, 60 SLR live rounds, 7 walky talkie sets along with more items in East Garo Hills district.
Apart from it, the East Garo Hills district police had recovered 2038 rounds of 7.62 AK ammunition, 60 rounds of 9mm, 1087 rounds of 7.7mm, 320 rounds of HMG ammunition, 10 numbers remote circuit for IED, two remote controls, 16 numbers charger clips and 4 ammunition boxes on April 11 last.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)