Explosives found in Koraput

KORAPUT: Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on Friday found a huge cache of explosives during an anti-Naxalite operation in Koraput district’s Narayanpatna.

“We had intelligence inputs regarding the storage of the explosives, and accordingly, we launched an operation. No one has been arrested in this connection and no injury from our side has been reported,” said Koraput SP Anup Kumar Sahoo.

Police said the explosives were hidden inside a hollow tree near Rajinguda village, about 80 km from here, in Narayanpatna police station area.

The seized items include 45 kg gel explosives, three buckets of gel improvised explosive device (IED), each weighing 15 kg, 7.5 kg gun powder, 15 kg urea and 200 metre codex wire.

“If used, the material could blow away several heavy vehicles at a time,” the SP said.

“The Maoists must be planning some major offensive, for which they stored the explosives. Possibility of unearthing more explosives from the area can’t be ruled out. Investigation is on and combing operations have been launched in few more areas,” he added.

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