700 Pakistani bullets found in Tripura

Over 700 Pakistani live cartridges, probably dating back to the 1971 war, were found on a tennis court near the governor`s residence.

Agartala: Over 700 Pakistani live cartridges, probably dating back to the 1971 war, were found when labourers were working on a tennis court near the governor`s residence here, police said Tuesday.

The bullets were found Monday evening at Malancha Niwas near Raj Bhavan.

"The cartridges are likely to have been procured by Bangladeshi `muktijoddhas` (freedom fighters) during the 1971 war as there was a big camp at Malancha Niwas," a police spokesperson said.

Over 1.6 million Bangladeshis, more than Tripura`s then population of 1.5 million, had taken shelter in the state following the Pakistani military crackdown on then East Pakistan.

The "liberation war" led to the 1971 India-Pakistan war, resulting in the creation of Bangladesh as an independent nation.

IANS

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