Shillong, Oct. 14: Around 4kg of improvised explosive device (IED) was recovered from a Garo villager on the Assam-Meghalaya border today.
Police suspect that the explosives were meant for the Garo hills-based GNLA militants.
According to the police, the IED was recovered by army personnel at Kukurkata in Goalpara adjacent to East Garo Hills district around 11.30am from an empty milk can, which was wrapped with ropes and kept in a vehicle.
The vehicle, with a mixed group of Garo and Rabha people inside, was coming from Nabang market in Goalpara, Assam, to Bajengdoba in East Garo Hills.
After the army personnel of 19 Sikh regiment carried out a routine check at Kukurkata, the IED was recovered.
As nobody claimed the explosives, the army personnel called the police from Bajengdoba to interrogate the occupants of the vehicle.
After interrogation, a Garo villager, Pulnam Sangma, a resident of Bolong Agitok village near Bajengdoba, confessed that his uncle, Plu Sangma, handed over the IED to him yesterday.
Pulnam said last night, he had gone over to his friends house at Kasikagra village. Later his uncle contacted him to collect the IED from Nabang market.
The uncle also asked him to deliver the IED to a person at Bajengdoba today.
The police said there was significant presence of Ulfa, GNLA and NDFB militants along the Assam-Meghalaya border, especially in the stretch along Paikan to Bajengdoba.
They said there was a possibility that either Ulfa or NDFB militants might have handed over the explosives meant for the GNLA militants, mostly operating in East Garo Hills.