TURA, June 3 - The residents of Chibinang-Nalbari area under the Tikrikilla Police Station have helped the police apprehend a group of dacoits in West Garo Hills.
The villagers, along with members of a local NGO, Anti Corruption and Human Development Organisation (ACDHO), not only apprehended the dacoits but also assisted the police in recovering arms and ammunition hidden by them in a pond.
The recoveries included one Chinese-made 7.65 semi-automatic gun, five country-made rifles with ammunition, mobile phones, etc.
The gang had been active in the Gaptuli Reserve Forest and used to target vehicles coming to and from Phulbari and Tikrikilla.
Earlier, some members of the same gang were arrested at the same place, and arms and ammunition were also seized from them.
As per local residents and the NGO, two members of the gang were spotted at Nalbari by some villagers, who immediately informed ACHDO. The villagers along with the NGO members, nabbed the duo at 10.30 pm on Sunday and informed the police.
�The NGO was aware that they are members of the infamous �Gaptuli dacoity� gang. We are thankful to the NGO members as well as vigilant villagers who not only helped in apprehending the two dacoits but also assisted in recovering the arms,� said West Garo Hills SP Dr MGR Kumar.
He said the interrogation of the duo led to the arrest of another member of the gang.
Kumar added that four members of the gang, who were arrested earlier, are currently in jail.
He said that further investigation is on to arrest the remaining members of the gang.
The SP appealed to the villagers to come forward and share any information they have about criminals in the area with the police.
He assured that the identity of the informers would be kept confidential.