GUWAHATI, Feb 16 � Militant outfit KPLT suffered yet another major blow as seven members of the outfit including its commander-in-chief, were arrested in a joint operation by Army and police. A huge cache of sophisticated arms and ammunition was also recovered from the hideout of the militants.
An Army release said that on the second day of the massive crackdown launched by the joint teams of Jagiroad-based troops of Red Horn Division and Hamren Police in the difficult terrain of West Karbi Anglong, seven more top hardcore leaders of the KPLT were apprehended today from a hideout in the Amring forest area near a hamlet called Tapat, in Hamren sub-division.
Army�s Red Horn Division had yesterday apprehended the finance secretary and the auditor along with a cadre of the KPLT from village Karbirongsope in Hamren sub-division. An AK rifle, two pistols along with assorted ammunition were recovered from the hardcore terrorists.
Based on leads received from the apprehended terrorist leaders about presence of a hideout inside the Amring forest area near village Tapat, the security forces immediately launched a well coordinated massive combing operation in the area.
After a fierce firefight the security forces managed to apprehend all seven terrorists including Sunder Dera (commander-in-chief), Danger Ingti (deputy commander-in-chief) and the area commanders of Socheng and Amring areas.
The busting of the hideout also resulted in a massive recovery of arms, ammunition and various other warlike stores that included four AK series rifles, two pistols, a grenade launcher, 14 magazines of AK rifles, six magazines of pistols, �2,343 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition, 14 rounds of 9 mm caliber ammunition, dummy rifles for training of new recruits and various incriminating documents like extortion notes of KPLT and demand money receipts. The hideout was well stocked with ration, clothing and medicines to sustain the terrorists for a prolonged period.