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Mizo cops set up special cell to curb arms smuggling
Published on 4 Aug. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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Mizoram police has set up a special cell to curb arms smuggling in the state. Superintendent of Police (CID) C Laldina said that there has been an increase in cross-border gun running from Myanmar, using Mizoram as a major route. ‘’Even though we have a special cell, the entire department has to be involved due to the shortage of man power,’’ Laldina stated. Intelligence officials said that smugglers have, of late, stepped up their activities to smuggle arms and explosives to the 30-plus insurgent groups operating in the region. They believe these arms are brought to Tiddim (in Myanmar) from Thailands great arms bazaar of Chiang Mai. Intelligent officials informed that most of the arms traffickers are from Chin hills in Myanmar and belong to the Kuki-Chin tribe. In a recent case, the CID sleuths, acting on a tip-off, recovered a cache of arms, including eight M-16 rifles, a 9 mm Chinese pistol and eight walkie-talkies from a rented house at Saron Veng locality here. The suspect, a Myanmarese national, however, managed to escape. According to UNI report, police were investigating if these arms were meant for the DHD (Jewel), an underground outfit in Assam. On June 26 last year, Mizoram police tracked down a vehicle, carrying 26 rocket launchers, at Siphir village on the outskirts of the city. Three persons were arrested and interrogated by the CID. They also recovered five rocket launchers from one such key arms smuggler named Khatsi Anpao last year. Interrogation revealed the existence of a smuggling ring under the leadership of Lal Liana (42), a Chin-Kuki tribal from Tiddim town in Myanmar. He was later arrested from Aizawl. In the biggest arms haul ever in June 2008, the police (CID) seized a huge cache of arms including seventeen AK-47 and 56 rifles from a truck bound for Cachar district in Assam.

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