Illegal munitions plant in Peren town busted
Dimapur, February 20
In what could be another reflection of the virtually nonexistent administration and law enforcement in Nagaland, the arrest of an individual in Peren town on February 17 by security forces has led to the discovery of an illegal ammunition manufacturing unit in the district headquarter itself. The Assam Rifles discovered the manufacturing unit following the capture of a man who was being watched by the Assam Rifles on suspicion of moving a cache of ammunition in the town, the security force said on Friday, February 20.
The troopers intercepted the individual, identified as one Teulak, 40 years of Katang in Manipur, when he was travelling from Peren to Katang on a motorcycle. He was found in possession of “unauthorized ammunition,” the security forces stated in a press release on February 20.
During search, the security forces found 750 gms of gunpowder, 250 percussion caps, and assorted ammunition on him. He was later handed over to Tening police station.
During questioning, the individual is said to have confessed that he had purchased the illegal materials from Peren town.
The 18 Assam Rifles then launched an operation which led to a manufacturing unit in the town itself. The owner of the unit was identified as one 40 years old Raghu Nath Das. He was arrested by the security forces.
The Assam Rifles found approximately 10 kilograms of gunpowder, 13, 417 live rounds of .22, 1, 263 cartridges for 12 bore guns, 197 assorted live ammunition, percussion caps, shells, and equipment used for manufacturing ammunition, the security force said.
The apprehended individual and the captured items have been handed over to Peren police station.