Rajasthan: Arms recovered in Barmer
A second massive recovery of arms, ammunition and explosives from Barmer along the international border with Pakistan within two weeks of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to this desert district was made on Sunday. There have been three arrests so far with sources attributing that the consignment was brought from Pakistan for Khalistan groups. The first consignment was dug out of sand dunes near the border on September 8. Sunday's recovery includes 8.75 kg of explosives suspected to be RDX, 596 cartridges, four Chinese pistols and 4 explosive devices. The recovery comes following arrest of a local smuggler Soda Khan and two of his accomplices, Naseem and Nazir. Sources said the first recovery was a result of an intelligence tip-off that two suspected Khalistan terrorists are on their way to collect these arms and ammunition. Incidentally, Prime Minister visited Barmer on August 29 to inaugurate oil production by Cairns Energy. Police sources insist that consignment of arms crossed into India on September 4.