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AIZAWL: Four persons were arrested on Thursday and some Assam Rifles personnel were questioned by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Mizoram Police. Mizoram police team are probing into an alleged gold robbery that occurred on the Aizawl-Lunglei Highway last December. The Jawans belong to the 39th battalion of Assam Rifles.
Among those arrested, a well-known non-tribal Government supplier and a former student leader were responsible for the robbery. At present they have been taken to police custody for further interrogation.
According to an FIR submitted by C Lalnunfela of Aizawl, armed Assam Rifles jawans stopped his vehicle on the outskirts of Aizawl on the Aizawl-Lunglei Highway on December 14, 2015. Lalnunfela said the jawans armed with AK-47 rifles and pistols along with some civilians stopped his vehicle at gunpoint and took away gold bars worth Rs 14.5 crore that was being smuggled from Myanmar. He said he filed the complaint almost four months after the incident since the Jawans made death threats if he ever went to the police.
Cases of dacoity, sharing property stolen in the commission of dacoity, criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation were registered by the police on Thursday. The six-member SIT, headed by the Additional SP of the CID (Crime) unit did not rule out the involvement of senior Assam Rifles officers in the crime.
Police said the dacoity might have been the outcome of back-stabbing by smugglers as some of the accused were earlier involved in gold smuggling. The gold bars were reportedly taken to Guwahati from where they were sold to different parts of the country.
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