The authorities detained 13 people in Mandalay and seized weapons including 21 M-22 rifles, one M-16 rifle, their ammunitions, a homemade gun, 16 homemade bombs, 133 hand grenades, 2,400 detonators, 19 TNT bullets, a mine detector and 18 strings to explode bombs and they confessed that the weapons are intended for People Defence Force (PDF) in Tamu, announced Tatmadaw True News Information Team on June 3
The authorities received a tip-off that terrorist leaders are arrived in a tea shop near Zivita Dana Sangha Hospital in Chanmyathazi Township on the night of May 24 and detained Ye Lin Aung, Sai Yan Naung Soe, Aung Khaing Win, Thant Zin Win and Htet Shan Aung, it said.
After interrogation, the authorities detained two more people: Aung Zaw Latt and Kyaw Thiha in ward F at the corner of 126th Street and 52nd Road in Pyigyitagon Township in the same day.
They seized eight M-22 rifles, eight cartridges, 103 bullets and ten hand grenades from them.
The authorities interrogated Aung Zaw Latt and they detained Yarzar Min Thant aka Bo Chuk at Anyarmyay teashop between 62nd Street and Theikpan Road in Chanmyathazi Township and Sai Wunna Tun, Chan Thar Kyaw and Myo Khaing at Room No. 113 in Minthargyi Hotel on Yangon-Mandalay Road in Chanmyathazi Township on the night of May 25.
The authorities interrogated Sai Wunna Tun and they detained Htay Win and Min Khaing at OK Mandalar car sale center located at 131st Street between 61st and 62nd streets in Pyigyitagon Township on the night of May 25. They seized 12 M-22 rifles, 13 cartridges, 46 bullets and 123 hand grenades. They also seized one M-22 rifle, one M-16 rifle, a homemade gun, one M-22 cartridge, two M-16 cartridges, 19 M-22 bullets, 49 M-16 bullets, 2,400 detonators and a mine detector from Htay Win’s mother house in the same night, it said.
The authorities searched Htay Win’s mother house again the next day and found 19 TNT bullets weight 200 grams, six homemade bombs and 18 strings to explode bombs after interrogating to Htay Win.
Sai Wunna Tun confessed that he is one of the six members of central committee to form PDF for Tamu and the weapons seized by the authorities are for Tamu PDF. Shar Mee, member of Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) and former MP of Kalay Constituency for NLD party transferred 500,000 Rupees and about five million Kyats via Salai Izkham, in-charge of western military region for fund to form Tamu PDF. They also received cash donations from businessmen in Tamu and Myanmar citizens in overseas.