The accused persons hail from Nagaland; arrested from Abhaypur Forest Reserve under Sonari police station in Charaideo district; arms & ammunition recovered
Tinsukia: The Assam police have arrested six persons from the Assam-Nagaland border under suspicious circumstances and detected massive tree-felling activities going on in the region.
The police have recovered two SBBL guns, one live cartridge, one mechanised hand-saw and one extra saw-blade from their possession.
Speaking with EastMojo, Charaideo SP Anand Mishra said, "There was a news of a village being set up inside Assam territory by Naga people in Sector 31 area of Abhaypur Forest Reserve under Suffry outpost of Sonari police station in the district."
"A team led by additional superintendent of police Mrinal Deka and accompanied by additional deputy commissioner Dipak Bhuyan was sent for enquiry," Mishra said, adding that an establishment of three thatched houses were found near Assam-Nagaland border.
"During the operation, the police team apprehended six persons, hailing from Nagaland, in suspicious circumstances and recovered two SBBL guns, one live cartridge, one mechanised hand-saw and one extra saw-blade from their possession," Mishra said.
The accused has been identified as Yianghom Konyak, Y Chongying Konyak, Tongna Konyak, Ashing Konyak, Jerphong Konyak and Tingai Konyak.
A large number of wooden logs have been detected near the area pointing the active role of timber mafia, Mishra said. The accused persons seem to have some allegiance with the timber mafia. "We have informed the divisional forest officer concerned based in Sivasagar about the matter and the accused were booked by the forest department and forwarded to court."
"The police cannot rule out their association with one of the groups of NSCN," said Mishra, addin: "The entire matter is being investigated. However, whether the spot falls in Assam or Nagaland needs to be certified by civil authorities."