|Ex cop, 4 others held in arms smuggling case|
SHILLONG, Dec 1 – Five arms smugglers, including a former Nagaland police official, were arrested on Saturday night in Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district with six high frequency wireless sets meant for militant groups, police said here today.
According to the police, there was an intelligence input of the five people trying to supply the sophisticated wireless sets to the militant groups. The police raiding party, based on the information, sneaked into the smugglers’ hideout, at Maikhuli area bordering Assam’s Kamrup district on Saturday night, and seized the six high frequency wireless sets from their hideout, besides arresting all the five, the police added.
Amongst those arrested, Robert Sangma was an armed branch sub-inspector of Nagaland police. Sangma claimed that he was working as a security commander at CMJ Breweries located at Byrnihat after taking voluntary retirement from the Nagaland police.
Another smuggler identified as Moya Khohung was the first to be arrested from Byrnihat in Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district. After the arrest of Sangma and Khohung, police raided their hideout at Maikhuli area and arrested Zamthoson Haokip, Suntak Prem Baite and Ramzan Khubang of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district and Nagaland’s Dimapur district.
The wireless sets were made in China and were smuggled from Myanmar. It is said that the sets were meant to be delivered to Rakkam D Shira, the Finance Secretary of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) by the smugglers.
“All these smugglers were under our surveillance for sometime now for supplying arms and ammunition to the GNLA. The arrests are a major breakthrough for us,” a senior police official said.
The police are also on the hunt for the suppliers of these arms and equipments which are being smuggled for various militant groups. Over the past few months, Meghalaya and Assam Police have seized a large number of arms and ammunition, including rocket launchers, shells and foreign-made pistols, meant for the GNLA.