Security forces had recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition in Assam’s Chirang district on September 24.

Based on a specific information, a joint operation was  carried out by Chirang district police along with 5th Garhwal  Rifles of Indian Army and 54 Bn SSB in the  general area of Gabrukhunda inside Panbari Reserve Forest, about 18 km  north from Panbari police station on Tuesday.

A top official of Chirang district police said that, from 5.30 am onwards on Tuesday, rigorous search has been carried out.  Based on the lead given by a source and Army tracker dog, digging was done at multiple places.

“During digging, at one place, 8 packets containing some suspected items packed in plastic material were recovered.  After unpacking in presence of independent witnesses, huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from the packets,” a police official said.

The team recovered 9 factory-made rifles, 11 country-made  rifles, 56 rounds 7.62 AK series ammunition, 10 rounds 5.56 ammunition, 21 rounds 7.62 sniper ammunition, 10 rounds 7.62 Pika ammunition, 29 7.62 CTN, one 333 Nitro, one round M20 ammunition, five rounds country-made ammunition, 83 empty cartridges, 15 rounds 12 bore empty cartridges, three 7.62 pistol magazines, one .22  pistol magazine, 17 kg explosives (PEK), two HYT hand –held Radio Sets (made in  China) with additional  battery, one 12 Volt battery, 93 feet  wire, 10 numbers suspected lead/iron balls and one extra barrel.

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About Hemanta Kr Nath


Hemanta Kumar Nath is a Guwahati-based journalist. He had worked with India Blooms News Service (IBNS), Meghalaya Times, Global News Network among others.