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A huge cache of used explosives and ammunition were seized during a search operation near the Indo-Bhutan border in Assam’s Baksa district, police said on Tuesday.

According to an official of the Kumarikata police outpost, the search operation was conducted on Monday evening in the Darangamela area under the Tamulpur police station.

The police official said that the search operation was conducted following a recent incident where a 14-year-old boy lost his life after he was hit by a stray bullet in the Sukanjuli firing range on 6 October.

“We have been investigating the matter under the guidance of the Superintendent of Police of Baksa district and Tamulpur SDPO, During the investigation, we found that people used to collect the bullet shells and sell them to local traders,” the official said.

“This also drew the attention of children who used to frequent the area while putting their lives at risk and many have even died. So we had carried out a search operation. During our investigation we recovered 151 TPT shells, 5 shells of 84mm bullets and around 200 kilograms of remains of ammunition,” he added.

Police have held two persons were this connection, their names are not disclosed till the filing of this report.

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