The Rajasthan Police announced on Wednesday that the consignment of arms and ammunition recovered on Tuesday from a village in Barmer district, about 600 km west of state capital Jaipur, was meant for Punjab terrorists.
The arms, recovered from a spot near Marudi village, about 15 km from Barmer district town, included 5.86 kg of black powder suspected to be explosive of the RDX variety, eight pistols, 16 magazines, 420 cartridges and two detonators.
Although no arrest was made, the police said Sodha Khan alias Lunia, a smuggler based in Barmer, had received the consignment from across the Indo-Pakistan border. It was supposed to be delivered to the Punjab terror outfit, Babbar Khalsa International.
The district police got a tip-off that the consignment would be delivered in the early hours of September 8. But later, they were told that the arms had been buried at a spot near Marudi.
Inspector General of Police, Jodhpur range, Bhupendra Dak said, “We acted on information from several intelligence agencies and local sources. The explosive appears to be RDX, but it will be confirmed after chemical tests.”
However, the source of the consignment was still not clear. Inspector General of Police, Gujarat Frontier, Arun Sinha said, “We wish to know about the route of shipment and have spoken to the Border Security Force and the local police... nothing can be said at the moment.”
Principal Secretary, Home, S N Thanvi said, there was a general alert in the border areas of the state.