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.