The Assam Police on Tuesday arrested seven members of Achik National Liberation Army (ANLA), a Meghalaya-based rebel outfit, from the Guwahati railway station, with one of them – Subir Sangma – said to be the self-styled commander-in-chief of the group.
The seven persons were picked up by the crime branch of the Assam Police, with a press release saying they admitted to having a huge cache of arms and ammunition in their possession in their hideouts in Meghalaya. The outfit’s armoury includes 50 to 60 AK-series rifles, four M-40 rifles, four M-6 rifles, and over a dozen 9mm pistols and .32 revolvers, the Assam Police press release said.
While three of the youths – Robert Sangma, Alanson Sangma and Buttu Sangma – had arrived in Guwahati from Hojai in central Asam by Nagaland Express, the others had come in a Santro car from Goalpara in western Assam to receive them in the Guwahati railway station, the police press release said. There was however no recovery of arms and ammunition from their possession.