Saturday, October 8, 2022

NIA investigates smuggling of arms to Myanmar outfit

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has launched a probe into alleged smuggling of arms and explosives to People’s Defense Force (PDF), an arm of Myanmar’s exiled National Unity Government (NUG), according to officials familiar with the matter, reports the Hindustan Times.
NIA is “looking at cross-border linkages” and also probing the role of NE-based insurgents in facilitating such smuggling, they said. The development came months after a team of Assam Rifles intercepted two mini-trucks in Kulikawn police station area in Aizawl and recovered around 120 boxes of gelatin sticks (200 sticks in each box), four boxes of safety fuses having range of 2,000 metres, four boxes each of 25kg of gunpowder, eight unlicensed non-prohibited bore arms, three 12-gauge Stallion shotguns and 20 boxes of Czech-made .177 pellets.
After an investigation by local police revealed in July that the consignment was meant for PDF, the Home ministry directed NIA to take over the probe to ascertain “cross border links” and its repercussions on “national security”, one of the officials cited above said on condition of anonymity.
Another officer, also on condition of anonymity, said “pilferage from gelatin sticks’ stocks meant for government infrastructure projects is thoroughly being checked”.