Kokrajhar: In a major breakthrough, security forces recovered a huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives inside Manas National Park(MNP) under Gavarukundha range near Panbari in Assam’s Chirang district on Tuesday morning.
Based on specific information about movement of arms, a joint operation was launched late on Monday evening by Chirang Police, 5th Battalion of Garhwal Rifles of Indian Army and 54 Battalion of the SSB in the general area of Gavarukunda inside deep jungles of MNP and recovered the arms and ammunition which were buried under the ground.
Security forces conducted thorough search operations following inputs of hidden arms and ammunition, and successfully traced them with the help of Indian Army tracker dogs which led the forces to the spot where the haul was buried.
The identified spot at MNP, 18 km north from Panbari police outpost, was dug and eight packets containing arms, ammunition and explosives packed in plastic sheets were recovered.
Police suspect that the recovered items belonged to banned outfit NDFB’s Saoraigwra faction.
Some of the recovered items included nine factory made rifles, 11 country made rifles, 56 ammunition of 7.62 AK series,10 rounds of 5.56 riffle, 21 ammunition of 7.62 sniper, ten rounds of ammunition of 7.62 Pika, 29 ammunition of 7.62 CTN, four magazines, 98 empty cartridges and 17 kg explosives.
“The recovery was successful following strict followup of reliable sources and use of tracker dogs. Security forces have been undertaking strong search operations against the militant outfit organisations of the region,” said a senior police officer.