SHILLONG: Just ahead of the 75th Independence day, the Meghalaya police recovered a huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives from a jungle in the East Garo Hills district.
Police said the arms and ammunition, suspected to be hidden by the proscribed rebel outfit, Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), was recovered from the jungle of the Pilgonggre area under Williamnagar police station in East Garo Hills district.
Recovered items include- 79 rounds of Anti Aircraft Live Ammunition,175 rounds of 7.7 Live Ammunition, and 10 Electrical Detonators.
As per reports, acting on a tip-off, a police team launched an operation in the forest area at Pillongre area of the Durama range under Williamnagar police station early on Saturday, around 1:40 am, and recovered the huge cache of arms and ammunition.
Police suspect that the recovered explosives have been hidden by GNLA Commander in chief Sohan D Shira who had died in a police encounter last.
In the year 2021, BSF recovered one revolver (USA-made 0.32 mm calibre), 50 Nos of 7.62 mm rounds and 4 Nos Iron Magazine (supposed to be AK SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifles) from the forest near Chegnigre village under Rongra police station in South Garo Hills district hidden by GNLA.
Meanwhile, Assam's DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta has termed the Independence Day boycott call from the ULFA-I (United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent) as nothing new. He, however, expressed pleasure at the fact that the people want to celebrate Independence Day in a befitting manner.
On the jihadi front, the DGP said, "We have arrested 33 jihadis since March this year. They were trying to set up bases in the State. We won't let that happen. We are arresting jihadis with confirmed information and evidence. We don't crack down on all madrassas. Only the madrassas which involve themselves in jihadi activities are on our radar."