GUWAHATI, April 19, 2017: Baksa Police, in a joint operation with security forces, nabbed a 22-year-old youth along with explosives from Hortula village, some 80 km from here, on Tuesday. Security forces have seized at least 12 grenades from his possession.
The arrested, identified as Sansar Basumatary, allegedly has links with National Democratic Front of Bodoland’s hardliner faction. The grenades were found on the premises of Sansar’s residence.
Though police are yet to confirm whether the grenades were ‘live’ or not, sources said they were identically similar to those used by security forces. “Militants in the region are usually found using Chinese-made grenades. The accused might have collected them from a nearby firing range at Darangamela, which is located near Hortula,” a source said.