Kokrajhar, Jan. 2: Rafikul Islam, 34, was arrested with arms and ammunition during an operation against illegal arms by security forces in Kokrajhar in the wee hours this morning.
Police said a joint team of the police and CRPF carried out a search operation at Rafikulís residence in Narabari, 1km from Kokrajhar police station, following a tip-off and recovered the arms and ammunition, including two 9mm pistols, an air pistol, seven rounds of live ammunition and two magazines.
Kokrajhar deputy superintendent of police Dinesh Chandra Barman said Rafikul has confessed to possessing the arms which, he said, were supplied from areas near sandbars in Dhubri.
Barman said his interrogation was on.
The arrest came close on the heels of the arrest of three persons belonging to the Muslim Protection Tiger Force of Assam, a newly floated militant group from Bhumrabil-2 under Gossaigaon subdivision in the district. Arms, including a 9mm pistol, five live rounds of ammunition and a magazine were recovered.
Security forces had launched operations to seize illegal arms and ammunition in the BTAD after the recent riots. The Assam government had issued the directive after reports surfaced that illegal arms had been used in large numbers during the violence.
Assam governor J.B. Patnaik had also instructed house-to-house search for recovery of illegal arms and strict action against the offenders under the provisions of the IPC and the Arms Act.
According to sources, around 50 weapons, including AK-series weapons, pistols, country-made rifles, grenades and more than 363 rounds of ammunition have been recovered in the BTAD since July last year when the violence broke out.