BTC-virtual storehouse of illegal arms and ammunitions: Over 200 Arms, 500 explosives seized since 2020
Guwahati: It’s raining arms and ammunition in Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).
Even after a year of signing the Bodo Peace Accord and surrendering of the all the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) factions, the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) continued to be a virtual storehouse of illegal arms and ammunitions as the state police have been constantly finding arms and ammunition from various parts of the region.
From the starting of 2020 when the latest BTR peace accord was signed and NDFB disbanded itself, state police and security forces in BTR have seized 215 arms including sophisticated firearms like four HK series rifle, 56 AK series rifles, a rocket launcher, a grenade launcher and 22 country-made rifles.
Assam Police’s official statistics added, “Some 585 explosives including 329 grenades, 242 detonators were also confiscated. In addition, at least 6716 rounds of ammunition were also seized.”
Moreover, the police have recovered communication tools such as satellite phones, walkie-talkies etc in a span of one year.
However, the police records did not mention the total number of arrests in these cases. Police sources informed that most of the weapons and explosives were found buried underground in some dense forest areas.
Earlier, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Pramod Boro moved home minister Amit Shah to take steps to unearth hidden arms and ammunition in the Bodo belt.
Boro, in his brief address during the inaugural ceremony of the first anniversary celebrations of the BTR Accord at Kokrajhar, said that the BTR has achieved peace, but fear still gripped the region due to the presence of large quantities of arms and ammunition in the Bodo dominated North Bank districts.