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Major arms haul in Mizoram

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Major arms haul in Mizoram

Aizawl: In yet another recovery of a huge haul of weapons, 46 Assam Rifles in a joint operation with Mizoram police seized six .32 pistols near Diltalng village in Champhai district bordering Myanmar on Friday, an official statement said on Sunday.

The seized arms were recovered from a farmhouse and were believed to be sold to militants. No arrest has been made in connection with the seizure, the statement said.

Earlier in May, Assam Rifles had also seized 2 assault AK rifles in Aizawl.

Mizoram, being sandwiched between Bangladesh and Myanmar, arms smuggling in common.

In July 2014, Assam Rifles under IGAR (East) in a joint operation with Mizoram Police had seized 11 sophisticated arms from a truck in Champai district and arrested three suspected arms smugglers in connection with the seizure.

The seized arms include six AK series rifles, three G-3 series rifles, one light machine gun and one MA 4 Mk III rifled with under barrel grenade launcher and a large quantity of assorted ammunition.

Assam Rifles has always been a key player in preventing cross-border arms trafficking through the otherwise peaceful state of Mizoram in the recent past by regular recovery of huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosive.

Certain major achievements during last five years adequately bring out the fact that the only peaceful state in NE, Mizoram is being used as a conduit for arms smuggling. In the month of December 2013, the Assam Rifles and Mizoram Police conducted a joint operation in Serchhip district which led to the recovery of huge arms haul of (ten modified assault rifles along with 20 magazines, four Chinese – made rifles along with eight magazines, a light machine gun, 39 grenade shells, one pistol, one telescope used for rifles, a pistol silencer and 532 rounds of live ammunition) from two individuals. Again in the month of March 2014, Assam Rifles along with Mizoram police recovered two G-3 assault rifles, one M-16  rifle, one self-loading rifle, one 9 mm pistol and 123 rounds of live ammunition.

The strict vigilance of the Assam Rifles under IGAR (East) of Indo-Myanmar border areas which have extremely difficult terrain has helped curb a number of illegal activities like the movement of insurgents, arms running and drug smuggling in Mizoram.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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