GNLA arms seized during transit
A huge cache of arms and ammunition belonging to Meghalaya's Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) was recovered from a pick-up van at Khetri, near Guwahati, in Assam's Kamrup (metro) district late last night.
The recovery was made during a joint operation by Assam Police and Meghalaya Police, Assam Police IG LR Bishnoi said here today.
One GNLA cadre and four linkmen were arrested following the recovery of the cache.
The cache comprised two AK-47 rifles, six .22 pistols, six 9mm pistols, 12 magazine, one grenade and one wireless set.
Mr Bishnoi said the arms were en route from Dimapur in Nagaland to Garo Hills of Meghalaya, where the GNLA is mostly active.
The senior police officer expressed concern at the emergence of Guwahati, Assam's main city, as the new centre for arms transit, after Dimapur.
He said the Assam and Meghalaya police were working in close coordination to foil attempts of the militants to ferry arms through Assam, while their Nagaland counterparts were also assisting whenever their help was sought after providing specific information by the Assam Police.