GUWAHATI: Although the elections in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) are officially over with the crowning of Promod Boro as the new Chief, efforts are still underway to make the region “weapons free.” Officials yesterday informed that in a large cache of weapons — including two AK-47 rifles — was discovered as recently as December 3 amid preparations to conduct the polls in the State.
Two AK-46 rifles, nine rounds of ammunition, as well as two grenades were dug out by Assam Police personnel in an area under the Bishmuri Police Station in Kokrajhar.
“The Quest continues even after BTR Elections – On December 3rd 2020 – From Bishmuri OP area Kokrajhar PS @assampolice recovered buried deep inside the ground – 2 No. Of AK-47 rifles With 1 magazine and 9 rounds of ammunition & 2 No. Of Grenades,” Assam’s Additional Director General of Police G P Singh wrote in a tweet yesterday.
It needs mention here that many weapons, buried under the ground, have been recovered in the BTR region in the lead up to the elections. In all 4 districts, several heavy-duty weapons have been found by the police personnel amid the ongoing drive to put an end to the ‘gun culture’ in the state.
On receiving specific input from sources about the location of weapon cache, a joint team of Indian Army, SSB and Assam Police conducted a successful search operation in which a huge cache of arms, ammunition, high explosives and grenades were recovered in Akshiguri in Ripu Reserve Forest of Kokrajhar District, Assam.
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