Large haul of arms, ammunition in Mizoram border village

Mizoram police in a joint operation with Assam Rifles personnel seized seven US-made M4A1 carbines, one AK-56 assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition on a road between Champhai and Zote village Thursday, police said.

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 20, 2015, 14:26 PM IST

Aizawl: Mizoram police in a joint operation with Assam Rifles personnel seized seven US-made M4A1 carbines, one AK-56 assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition on a road between Champhai and Zote village Thursday, police said.

Thangdeihpianga (38) of Champhai was arrested while carrying the arms concealed in a plastic sack in a two-wheeler bearing no registration number.

The accused claimed that he had an accomplice who was a Myanmarese national and the arms were brought from Myanmar through the porous border near Ngur hamlet via the border river Tiau.

While the police were yet to ascertain the destination of the weapons, state intelligence officials did not rule out the possibility of Bangladesh rebels belonging to the Chakma community being involved in the smuggling.