A cache of AK rifles meant for rebel groups in Assam was seized by Meghalaya Police and three suspected arms dealers arrested on the outskirts of the state capital, police sources said on Sunday.
Acting on a tip-off, a gypsy was intercepted by Ri Bhoi district police near Barapani Lake, about 17 km from Shillong late on Saturday night.
Eight AK rifles were found below the seat cavities, a senior police officer said.
There was a mix of AK47 and AK56 rifles, most of which were disassembled to make it easy to carry, the said.
The arms were coming from Piew town of Mizoram bordering Myanmar.
They were to be delivered either to the Ulfa or Karbi rebels somewhere on the borders of Meghalaya and Assam's Karbi Anglong district.
Interrogation of the three suspected arms dealers from Mizoram suggests that they had ferried consignments of arms on the route for militants groups in Assam and other Northeast states in the past.