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Cross border smuggling of arms, ammo and explosives: NIA arrests key accused in Mizoram

First Published: 3rd February, 2024 20:00 IST

The arrested person has been identified as Lalngaihawma, a resident of Mamit district in Mizoram.

In a big breakthrough, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has busted a cross border arms, ammunition and explosives smuggling racket and arrested the key accused in the case.

The arrested person has been identified as Lalngaihawma, a resident of Mamit district in Mizoram.

As per information shared by the NIA, accused Lalngaihawma was apprehended from Aizawl following inputs regarding the operations of a well-organized, large-scale illegal arms and ammunition supply network operating in certain Northeast states.

The NIA in a statement said, “The accused, along with others, was engaged in trafficking of arms, ammunition and explosive materials not only in the Northeastern states but also across the border, as per NIA investigations. He was working in collusion with various operatives, including insurgent groups situated across the international border.

As part of their conspiracy, they had already distributed such terror hardware to various individuals in India and abroad. These illicit weapons and explosives are suspected to have been used in violent terrorist acts and criminal activities across different regions.”

A case was registered in this connection on December 26, 2023.

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