Security forces in Meghalaya conducted a massive operation in Garo Hills and unearthed as many as 62 handmade Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
Intelligence sources believe the IEDs were smuggled from Bangladesh by a joint team of ULFA(I) and Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants for a series of attacks in the Meghalaya-Assam border, ahead of the crucial Assembly polls in Assam.
While 46 IEDs were recovered on Thursday, 16 more were on Friday even as the security forces busted several militant camps.
Security agencies believe that major terror attack were planned across Northeast and particularly in poll-bound Assam.
Self-styled commander-in-chief of GNLA Sohan D Shira had a narrow escape in the operations which started on February 25.
A joint team of Meghalaya’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandos, assisted by the Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force, launched the combing operation on Wednesday night to flush out militants from the Durama range.
“Yesterday we have busted few camps and recovered 46 IEDs. This is alarming since we have inputs that ULFA(I) cadres were also in these camps with GNLA. Since the Northeast insurgent groups have formed a new front, we have to investigate more into their designs,” said GHP Raju, Inspector General of Police (Operations) of Meghalaya Police.