Arms seized at Assam-Tripura border

September 4th, 2008 - 5:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, Sep 4 (IANS) A large cache of arms and ammunition was seized in a forest along the Assam-Tripura border, in a joint raid by the police teams of the two states and the paramilitary Assam Rifles, officials said here Thursday.“Acting on a tipoff, Assam Rifles troopers along with Tripura and Assam police Wednesday busted a militant hideout at Khasiapunji of Karimganj district in Assam and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition,” Lieutenant Colonel N. Bhatnagar, Assam Rifles spokesman said.

The arms includes two 2-inch mortars, one carbine, three revolvers, three radio sets and some explosive devices, besides a large quantity of ammunition.

“The hideout, located in a deep jungle, was set up by the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) and the Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel faction),” Bhatnagar said.

Additional superintendent of police of Karimganj district, Hemanta Kumar Das, and senior Assam Rifles officials led the day-long operation.

Meanwhile, eight NLFT militants led by their self-styled sergeant, Mitra Joy Reang, surrendered to senior officials of Assam Rifles Wednesday in north Tripura.

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