NIA arrests key accused in cross border arms, explosives trafficking case

Imphal: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday busted a cross border smuggling network of arms, ammunition and explosives and arrested a key accused in the case, said a statement released by NIA on Saturday.

The accused has been identified as Lalngaihawma, a resident of Mamit area of Mizoram. He was nabbed from Aizwal Mizoram following inputs regarding the operations of a well-organized, large-scale illegal arms and ammunition supply network operating in certain North Eastern states of India.

The accused, along with others, was engaged in trafficking of arms, ammunition and explosive materials not only in the North-eastern states but also across the border, as per NIA investigations, the release said.

He was working in collusion with various operatives, including Insurgent groups situated across the international border, it added.

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  it said.

The case (RC-31/2023/NIA/DLI was registered by NIA on December 26 last year, under sections 120B of IPC, sections 18 of UA (P) Act 1967, Section 6 of Explosive Substances Act 1908 and sections 25 (1) (a) & 25 (1 AA) of Arms Act.

Further investigations to unearth the entire network is in progress, the release said.

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