The ‘weapons’ seized by Assam police Credit: Rishu Kalantri

Tinsukia: Assam police caught 40 country made muzzle-loading ‘guns’ from a night bus (bearing registration number NL- 07B- 0399), travelling from Mon to Kohima in the neighbouring state of Nagaland, at Sonari in Assam’s Charaideo district on Friday night.

The weapons later turned out to be decorative artefacts meant for the upcoming Hornbill festival in Kohima.

Speaking with EastMojo, Charaideo SP Anand Mishra said that based on a source information, the police established a special check point at Sonari. “During checking of vehicles, the police intercepted a night bus on which the weapons were found,” he said.

“On verification, it was found that the bus was carrying a cultural troupe of 45 persons to the upcoming Hornbill Festival in Kohima and the ‘weapons’ were part of decorative artefacts that were to be displayed there,” said Mishra, adding that the troupe leaders were carrying a ‘movement permit’ but without any ‘licence for firearms’. “Hence, they were apprehended and taken to Sonari police station for detailed inquiry.

“After counter-checking with the superintendent of police and deputy commissioner of Mon in Nagaland and after taking due advice and directions from senior officers in both the states, and after arrival of a team of senior police officials and magistrate from Nagaland, the troupe along with their belongings were allowed to proceed under escort by Nagaland police after confirming identities and belongings of each person of the troupe. The weapons have been formally handed over to Nagaland government authorities,” Mishra said.

“A record has been maintained regarding this at Sonari police,” added Mishra.

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