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Authorities Seize 13 kg Gunpowder, 2900 Detonators from Residence Near Assam-Mizoram Border

In a significant development, authorities in Assam’s Cachar district near the Assam-Mizoram border uncovered a cache of explosives, comprising 13 kg of gunpowder and 2900 detonators, concealed underground at a residence. The discovery, made in the Bhaga area under Dholai police station, has raised concerns regarding potential smuggling activities in the region.

According to police reports, the operation leading to the recovery of the explosives was initiated based on specific intelligence. While the authorities managed to seize the illicit materials, the owner of the house, identified as local businessman Salim Uddin Choudhary, eluded capture.

Manoj Baruah, the chief of Dholai police station, asserted that investigations are ongoing to ascertain the origin and intended use of the seized explosives. “We are actively pursuing leads to determine if these materials were brought into Assam from outside the state,” Baruah stated, highlighting the gravity of the situation.

A suo moto case has been registered against Choudhary under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, underscoring the seriousness with which law enforcement agencies are treating the matter. As part of the probe, Choudhary’s family members are being interrogated to unravel any potential links to smuggling networks or illegal activities.

Notably, the Bhaga area of Cachar has been a hotspot for illicit trade in the past, particularly with regard to drug trafficking, with many consignments traced back to neighboring Mizoram. This latest seizure adds to the growing concerns over cross-border smuggling activities plaguing the region.

In response to allegations, Choudhary’s family members have vehemently denied any wrongdoing, asserting that the seized explosives were solely intended for fishing purposes. They claimed that such materials are commonly found in households across the area, suggesting a cultural norm rather than criminal intent.

However, the conspicuous absence of Choudhary from the investigation process has raised eyebrows. Despite being the owner of the residence where the explosives were found, Choudhary’s reluctance to cooperate with law enforcement authorities adds a layer of suspicion to the case.

As the investigation progresses, authorities are leaving no stone unturned to unearth the truth behind the illicit stash of explosives. The incident underscores the need for heightened vigilance along vulnerable border areas to curb smuggling activities and ensure the safety and security of the region.

Rajan Shukla

Rajan Shukla

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