Darjeeling Police raided GTA Sabha member home on arms haul suspicion

Darjeeling Police raided GTA Sabha member home on arms haul suspicion
A police team in Darjeeling today raided the home of a GTA Sabha member in connection with an arms haul in Assam from a Bengal-bound vehicle that yielded several guns and many rounds of ammunition on Saturday night.

An 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.

Police sources in Darjeeling said that around 7.30pm today, a team raided the home of Sanjay Thulung, the GTA member from Kurseong’s Glenburn.

A police source in Darjeeling said: “The raid was conducted in connection with the arms seizure in Assam.”

Thulung, who is absconding, is the organising secretary of the Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha.

Late tonight, phone calls to Morcha general secretary, to get the official reaction from the party, went unanswered.

In Assam, two persons who were in the car were arrested. Assam police have identified them as Umesh Thami of Darjeeling and Ganesh Chhetri of Baksa in Assam.

PTI quoted an Assam police officer, inspector-general L.R. Bishnoi, as saying on Saturday that the two men had said a militant outfit in the Northeast had helped in giving them the firearms meant for an outfit in Darjeeling.

The Tata Safari had a Bengal registration number. Assam police said they suspected that the vehicle, coming from Dimapur in Nagaland, was headed for Siliguri. It was intercepted by security forces in Chirang district in lower Assam based on intelligence inputs.

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.

Source: The Telegraph

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