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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2676

Meghalaya Police discovered World War II ammunitions

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Reporting from Meghalaya

Shillong, 17 May, ( Meghalaya Police recovered a huge cache of World War II ammunitions hidden beneath the surface of the earth was recovered from a Telecom complex in Northeast India.

This is not the first time that cache of World War II ammunitions were recovered by the Meghalaya Police. Earlier, the State police recovered huge number of grenades and ammunitions of different calibers buried underneath the earth.

On Monday evening, the Meghalaya’s Police discovered a huge quantity of ammunition of three different calibres which included 693 rounds of .303 rifle ammunition and 415 rounds of .45 and .42 ammunition.

Associate Officer of Rynjah Police Station, Ms. S.Nongdhar said the ammunitions were recovered by the police after the laborers engaged in digging pitches for planting trees on the Telecom complex in Rynjah discovered piles of corrosion ammunitions.

“The ammunitions dated back to World War II were dumped here either by the British or the American army”, said Meghalaya Director General of Police, William Richmond Marbaniang.

World War II experts said, "the .303 rifle was first issued by Rawalpindi Arsenal to the 1st Battalion of 5th Gurkhas in April 1914 and the consignment had 229 rifles with adequate ammunition. These facts have been verified with the Gurkha Museum as well”.

However, the real clincher is the stock unit disc "RR" is Rangoon Volunteer Rifles, which was a British unit based in Burma, and the rifle was issued in April 1914 to the 1st Battalion 5th Gurkha Rifles.

- Asian Tribune -

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