Agartala: Over 700 Pakistani live cartridges, probably dating back to the 1971 war, were found when labourers were working on a tennis court near the governor's residence here, police said on Tuesday.

The bullets were found on Monday evening at Malancha Niwas near Raj Bhavan. "The cartridges are likely to have been procured by Bangladeshi 'muktijoddhas' (freedom fighters) during the 1971 war as there was a big camp at Malancha Niwas," a police spokesperson said.

Over 1.6 million Bangladeshis, more than Tripura's then population of 1.5 million, had taken shelter in the state following the Pakistani military crackdown on then East Pakistan.

The "liberation war" led to the 1971 India-Pakistan war, resulting in the creation of Bangladesh as an independent nation.

(Agencies)

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