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Arms haul after encounter with Ulfa

Jorhat, May 30: Police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition following an encounter with militants of the Paresh Barua faction of Ulfa at Lalmati in Nagalandís Mon district in the wee hours today.

The police claimed a rebel was killed and another injured but the body of the militant could not be recovered.

This is the first time that Assam police have carried out an operation against Ulfa militants inside Nagaland territory, Sivasagar superintendent of police A.K. Singh said later this evening.

An AK-56 rifle, two Chinese-made hand grenades, a land mine, 80 rounds of AK-rifle ammunition, explosive materials and tarpaulin sheets were recovered from the encounter site.

Sivasagar additional superintendent of police (headquarters) Lamhao Doungel said a joint team of police and CRPF started the operation at midnight last night, acting on a tip-off that a group of four militants was taking shelter inside a forest outside Rongamati village under Mathurapur police station. As the team approached the hideout around 5am, the militants fired at the personnel who retaliated.

Doungel said two militants were hit by bullets and one of them is suspected to have died. Bloodstains were found at the site and the slain cadre has been identified as called Robin alias Hobendra Moran from Lakhipathar in Tinsukia district, the ASP added.

The group, however, fled towards the border with the body. Search operations are on.

Singh said for the first time the police have had a chance to look at the mechanism of the land mine as one of the bullets fired by the security forces hit the lid of the mine that blew it off.

ďThough earlier two such mines were recovered in the district last year, the police nor any other security force could open the lid of the mine,Ē Singh said.

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