Assam Rifles recovers huge cache of arms in Mizoram along Indo-Myanmar border
Guwahati, Aug 17 (IBNS): The troops of Assam Rifles seized huge cache of arms in Mizoram on Thursday, officials said on Friday.
A joint operation conducted by Serchhip battalion of Assam Rifles and Customs Department on Thursday, led to recovery of eight foreign made assault rifles along the Indo-Myanmar border, north of Friendship Bridge at Zokhawthar in Champhai district, Mizoram.
Kohima based Defence PRO Colonel Chiranjeet Konwer said that, acting on specific intelligence in concert with the Customs Department and other intelligence agencies, the Assam Rifles battalion established multiple check posts along the Indo-Myanmar border to intercept the smugglers.
On being confronted approximately 500 meters from the border on the Indian side, the two suspects on a Kenbo motorcycle, tried to flee into Myanmar.
"In the ensuing chase, the suspects abandoned their motorcycle and gunny bag and crossed River Tyao which marks the international boundary and fled into Myanmar. Search of the gunny bag led to the recovery of two US origin 5.56mm M-16 rifles, two German origin 7.62mm G-3 rifles and four Myanmar origin 5.56mm MA3 assault rifle," Colonel Konwer said.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath)