Cache of ammunition recovered from tea garden in Dibrugarh
A huge cache of ammunition was recovered by the Dibrugarh police on Sunday night from the Jalan South tea estate in Dibrugarh.
DIBRUGARH: A huge cache of ammunition was recovered by the Dibrugarh police on Sunday night from the Jalan South tea estate in Dibrugarh.
Speaking to media persons on Monday, Dibrugarh SP Shwetank Mishra said that based on secret information, the police with the assistance of CRPF carried out a search operation at the Jalan South tea estate near the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) leading to the recovery. The ammunitions recovered included two bottle grenades, two magazines of AK-47 rifle, 12 rounds of AK-47 live bullets and two timer devices.
"Last night we got a secret information about sighting of ammunitions at the Jalan South tea estate. Accordingly, a team of police and CRPF carried out a search operation in the tea estate and recovered the ammunitions. Those were old ammunition. The bullets had marking of the year 1993. Right now we don't have any clue to whom it may belong. It may belong to some insurgent group. We are questioning the workers of the tea garden but no one has been detained so far. Investigation is going on," the SP said.
Sources said that cadres from an insurgent group buried the ammunition many years ago. Later someone found it while digging and left it in the tea estate fearing the security forces. Once the tea garden areas were the safe passage of ULFA (I) cadres and they used such routes to hide from security forces. Most of the times, the cadres of the banned outfit fled from the tea garden areas and sometimes they buried their ammunition in the tea garden areas and later they return back to take it.
Recently, Assam Police Special DGP (Law and Order) GP Singh held a security review meeting in Dibrugarh and asked police force to take strict action against insurgent activities.