In Meghalaya, three INSAS rifles, which were stolen by unidentified miscreants from the police outpost at Mawlai Mawkynroh on August 15, were recovered by the Search and Rescue Team of the Meghalaya Fire and Emergency Service yesterday
Acting on specific inputs, the Meghalaya police along with the personnel of the fire and emergency services recovered the weapons from the Wah-um-khrah river.
According to a statement from the Meghalaya Police, the search began yesterday after reports of an anonymous letter claiming that the three weapons were dumped in the river which flows through the city.
They also expressed their gratitude to the Rangbah Shnongs of Mawlai Town Dorbar for their support in helping the police recover the weapons.
Amid the violence that broke out in parts of Shillong on August 15 during the funeral of former militant leader Cheristerfield Thangkhiew, who was shot dead by the police in an encounter on 13th August.
Unidentified masked men barged into a police outpost in the outskirts of Shillong in the afternoon of Independence day, snatched three INSAS rifles, hijacked a police SUV, and drove it through the Mawlai area before burning it down.
Later three police personnel from whom the arms were snatched on Independence Day have been suspended and a departmental inquiry is on in this regard.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had also urged the persons responsible for snatching the guns to return them.