Assam police have arrested two individuals with a large cache of arms which includes M-16 rifle, two Beretta pistols, three .32 pistols, 300 ammunition of 9 mm pistol, 80 rounds for AK series assault rifles, 198 rounds of M-16 and 60 rounds of .32 pistol were recovered in the Tata Safari, according to Assam police.
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The revelation was made during the interrogation of two arrested youths — Umesh Kami (29) from Lankapara, Birpara thana in Alipurdwar district and Ganesh Chetry (53) from Baksha district of Assam. The two were allegedly carrying the consignment in a Tata Safari with West Bengal registration number WB74A 4788. The two allegedly have links with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland.
It is alarming to note that many national news papers have wrongfully attributed Umesh Kami's residence as being Darjeeling and have thus pointed fingers at those associated with Gorkhaland demand. The Telegraph even got Umesh Kami's name wrong and has called him Umesh Thami.
In this regard Police sources in Darjeeling said that around 7.30pm today, a team raided the home of Sanjay Thulung, the GTA member from Glenburn.
A police source in Darjeeling said: “The raid was conducted in connection with the arms seizure in Assam.”
A three-member police team from Bengal today reached Assam to interrogate the arrested duo. “A team of Bengal police arrived in Chirang today to interrogate the two persons arrested in this connection,” a Assam police source said.
Officers of central intelligence agencies are also expected to reach Chirang tomorrow to interrogate the arrested duo.
Police are still unable to ascertain for whom the arms were being smuggled, however national media has attributed the arms to a new underground organization which is being called the "United Gorkha Peoples Organization." The Director General of Police was however uncertain and said that naming any organization without completing the investigation would be grossly wrong.