Arunachal Pradesh police caught four army personnel on Thursday evening when they were trying to flee, allegedly after burgling a house in Itanagar. The gang of nine — there were five civilians — were booked under the Arms Act for carrying assault rifles.
“They were intercepted at Banderdewa check gate (Arunachal-Assam border) following information that they were fleeing in an off-roader after looting R6.89 lakh from a local person. A case was registered under the Arms Act,” superintendent of police Nabam Gungte told HT from Itanagar.
Three AK-47 rifles, six magazines, 180 rounds of ammunition, 10 mobile handsets and two bottles of unidentified chemicals were also seized from them.
“The arrested men said they were also involved in an illegal money multiplying scheme,” Gungte said.
18 convicts escape
Early Friday morning, 18 convicts escaped from the lock-up of Chongkham police outpost in southeast Arunachal Pradesh’s Lohit district. All of them belonged to the Chakma tribe and 13 of them were facing trial for rape. A Lohit district officer said a magisterial enquiry was ordered to fix responsibilities while a manhunt was launched to catch the fugitives.