AIZAWL, Aug 18 - A joint team of Assam Rifles and Customs department recovered eight foreign made sophisticated rifles in eastern Mizoram near the Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate on Thursday, officials said today. Acting on intelligence report, the Customs department and Assam Rifles set up several check-gates in the Indo-Myanmar border to intercept smuggled arms.
Two men riding a Kenbo bike appeared, who immediately tried to go back towards Myanmar at the sight of the securitymen. The Assam Rifle personnel ran towards them and they fled on foot and managed to cross the Tiau river that divides India and Myanmar, leaving behind their bike and a sack. Two US-made M-16 rifles, two Germany-made G-3 rifles and four Myanmar-made MA3 assault rifles were found inside the sack.