AIZAWL, Oct 24 - Two Mizomen arrested on Friday for smuggling arms like assault rifles are now being interrogated by Senior police and intelligence officials.
Assam Rifles� troopers seized eight sophisticated assault rifles and twelve loaded magazines in Mizoram yesterday, police said. Police suspect that the arms and ammunition might have been smuggled from neighbouring Myanmar.
�Acting on a tip-off, the Assam Rifles jawans while carrying out the raid between Keitum and Khawlailung villages in Serchhip district seized the arms and ammunition from two Mizo men early on Friday. Both were arrested,� SP Lalringdika told reporters.
The arms and ammunition included five AK-47s, three AK-56s and twelve magazines loaded with AK series rifle cartridges. The smugglers have been identified as Hmingchunga, 55, and Vanpuilala, 30.
This is the second big seizure of arms by the Assam Rifles in six months. Earlier, they confiscated eight US-made M4 rifles in Champhai district near Myanmar border.
Mizoram, which shares a 510 km border with Myanmar and a 318 km frontier with Bangladesh, has become a corridor for arms smuggling.
Assam Rifles troopers are posted along the 1,643 km India-Myanmar border with Arunachal Pradesh accounting for 520 km, Manipur (398 km), Nagaland (215 km) and Mizoram (510 km). � IANS