Key cross border arms smuggler held


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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday busted a cross border smu-ggling network of arms, ammunition and explosives,  and arrested a key accused in the case.
The accused has been identified as Lalngaihawma, a resident of Mamit area of Mizoram.
He was nabbed from Aizawl, Mizoram following inputs regarding the operations of a well organised large-scale illegal arms and ammunition supply network operating in certain North Eastern States of India, the NIA said in a press release.
Lalngaihawma and his associates were engaged in trafficking of arms, ammunition and explosive mater- ials not only in the North Eastern States but also across the border, as per NIA investigations.
He was working in collusion with various operatives, including insurgent groups situated across the international border.
As part of their conspiracy, they had already distributed such terror hardware to various individuals in India and abroad. These illicit weapons and explosives are suspected to have been used in violent terrorist acts and criminal activities across different regions, it said.