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Meghalaya: Security forces arrest illegal arms trader

Meghalaya: Security forces arrest illegal arms trader

India Blooms News Service | | 19 Jan 2017, 01:55 pm
Guwahati, Jan 19 (IBNS): Security forces in Meghalaya arrested an arms dealer with huge cache of arms and ammunition, which were allegedly for supply to militant groups.

According to the reports, the North Garo Hills police of Meghalaya and Gorkha Rifles troops launched a joint operation at Thapa Daregnchi village under Resubelpara police station in the hill district on Thursday morning and arrested an arms trader identified as Tengman D Shira.

Security personnel recovered one 7.65mm pistol with three rounds of ammunition, a 9mm pistol with eight rounds of ammunition, one Chinese-made pistol with 18 rounds of ammunition and four magazines.

North Garo Hills district police said that a case has been registered against Shira and revealed that he tried to supply the arms and ammunition to Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants.

A top police official said that the north eastern region has turned into a major transit route for illegal arms trade.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)