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Major plot to smuggle in arms and ammunition from neighbouring country to India foiled

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From Bhupen Goswami

GUWAHATI : Assam Rifles and Manipur Police have seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition in a joint operation. It is feared that the ammunition and weapons have been smuggled from Myanmar. However, an inquiry has been initiated. Assam Rifles sources said intelligence inputs have been processed. Paramilitary personnel along with Manipur police recovered arms and ammunition cache kept in a house in moreh, a border town in the border town of Tengnaupal district.

 The seized weapons and ammunition include two M-36 rifles, 20 AK-56 rifles, two 19 mm pistols, 12 Chinese grenades, a large cache of various ammunition and nine magazines of assault rifles, three pistol magazines and other weapons.The recovered weapons, ammunition and weapons have been handed over to Moreh police station for further legal action. No arrests were made as no one was found in the house during the search operation, a police officer said. There is a huge demand from militant outfits in the North-East for state-of-the-art weapons.

Almost everyday, assam rifles, border security force and state police of various north eastern states are seizing huge quantities of arms, ammunition and a variety of addictive stimulants, which bsf and Assam Rifles officials said, drugs and many other banned substances, including foreign animals and reptiles, are often smuggled from Myanmar, Which shares a border of 1,643 km with four North Eastern States – Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland. A large quantity of drugs are smuggled into Bangladesh and other countries besides various Indian States. (c) The smuggling is done from Myanmar.

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