At least five militants, including three women, belonging to the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were arrested in Guwahati on Sunday, the police said.
The militants were arrested near the railway station when they were coming to the city from Dimapur town of Nagaland.
The police recovered arms and ammunition including three pistols, three grenades, 99 rounds of bullet, 4 magazines and six mobile handsets from the possession of the arrested NDFB cadres.
“We have intelligence inputs about NDFB militants coming to the city from Nagaland. The outfits use their women cadres in transporting arms and ammunitions,” said P. Saloi, superintendent of police, Guwahati.
Three other women NDFB militants were arrested at Jakhalabandha in Nagaon district. The women, who were coming from Dimapur in Nagaland, were carrying six Chinese pistols, the police said.
In August, three NDFB women cadres were arrested from a Dimapur-bound bus at Tezpur. Police recovered cash worth Rs 20 lakh and some letters of top NDFB leaders from their possession.
The arrested women cadres confessed to the police that their mission was to handover the money to arms dealers in Dimapur, a well-known hub of arms smugglers.
With the help of militants, arms smugglers supply ammunition to various militant outfits in the northeast.