GUWAHATI: Close on the heels of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Pramod Boro moving Union home minister Amit Shah to take steps to unearth hidden arms and ammunition in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), the Assam Police today released a list of huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered so far in the Bodo belt.
Boro had in his brief address during the inaugural ceremony of first anniversary celebrations of the BTR Accord at Kokrajhar on Sunday said the BTR has achieved peace, but fear psychosis still persisted due to presence of a large quantity of arms and ammunition in the Bodo dominated North Bank districts. He urged Shah to take necessary steps to emancipate the BTR of the fear of guns.
Arms recovered in BTR: According to the list released by the Assam Police, the confiscated arms include four HK Series rifles, 56 AK series rifles, six M Series rifles, four INSAS rifles, two SLR rifles, an LMG, an MMG, a rocket launcher, a grenade launcher, three .22 rifles, 22 country made rifles, 14 RPG, nine hand made guns, a 9 mm carbine, 92 pistols and revolvers and six shells among others.
The seized ammunition also include explosives, detonators, bombs, grenades, magazines and bullets etc, the list tweeted by additional director general of police (law and order) GP Singh said.
Moreover, the police have also confiscated communication items such as satellite phone, walkie talkie etc.
The Bodo inhibited areas on the north bank of the Brahmaputra witnessed largescale violence and bloodshed for nearly three decades till the BTR Accord, signed on January 27, 2020, restored peace in the region. The Assam capital city of Guwahati also suffered the brunt of Bodo violence when the city was targeted for serial blasts on October 30, 2008 leaving scores dead.
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