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Police donate WW-II armor to Museum
Correspondent KISAMA, NOV 22 (NPN):
Published on 22 Nov. 2010 7:18 PM IST
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A 3-Inch Mortar was used during the WW-II and later recovered by the 4th NAP Battalion of the state police in 1977 was handed over to the World War–II Museum Kisama on Monday.
Formally handing over the WW-II armour, Director General of Nagaland Police (DGP), K Kire recalled that based on specific information, he as the then assistant commandant of the 4th NAP Battalion along with 15 soldiers conducted operation one night in 1977 and recovered the armor which was kept hidden under the Vürü Rü river near Meriema and retrieved the same with much difficulty.
The police team had to walk about 5 Km to retrieve the armor which weighed about 50.08 Kgs. Since then, the mortar was kept and maintained under the custody of the 4th NAP armory at Thizama.
Based on subsequent investigation, Kire said it was found out that the artillery which was the standard Mortar manufactured by the United Kingdom’s Ordinance ML-3 inch Mortar and the standard mortar used by the British Army since late 1920 till 1960s was brought by three Naga underground cadres from abroad.
He said that the artillery was usually fired only through the order of the commanding officer due to its devastating impact and that the state police do not use the same artillery.
Receiving the mortar, additional director and HoD, art & culture, Kughazhe Yepthomi assured the DGP that the mortar which was kept and maintained by the 4th NAP for decades would be kept under the safe custody of the museum. He thanked the DGP and the state police for the contribution towards the Museum.
The simple handing and taking over of the war artifact was attended by several rank and file of the state police and also the art and culture department including the incharge of museum and assistant director, Kerry Sakhrie.

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