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Big Time Arms Trafficking in North-East

Published: 03rd February 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd February 2015 07:45 AM   |  A+A-

GUWAHATI: Why did the duo caught in Chennai come all the way to Assam to buy a pistol? Is it freely available here? Not really, but gunrunning thrives in Nagaland and Mizoram. In the North East, there are two major gunrunning routes from Myanmar. One is through Nagaland and the other is through Mizoram. The rebel groups on ceasefire mode run the show in Nagaland while the dealers in Mizoram are invariably Chin migrants from Myanmar. The arms market is more organised and on a larger scale in Dimapur district of Nagaland. Gunrunners from Mizoram were once active in Assam’s erstwhile North Cachar Hills (now Dima Hasao) district when the now-disbanded extremist group Dima Halam Daogah unleashed a reign of terror a few years ago.

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