Explosives found in Malkangiri

KORAPUT: Acting on a tip-off, police found a huge cache of explosives and Naxal belongings during an anti-Naxalite operation in Malkangiri. Though the explosives were recovered on Sunday, security personnel could bring them to Khairput police station on Tuesday, as the place of operation was about 46-km from Khairput.

Police said security personnel belonging to the district voluntary force, SOG and BSF had participated in the operation conducted at a forest near Khaloguda village in Andrahal panchayat area, about 70 km from the district headquarters town of Malkangiri.

At least 98 detonators, five electric detonators, 24 gelatin sticks each weighing 125 grams, two remote battery, three tiffin boxes used for preparing landmines, one camera flash, a map of Koraput district, two battery boxes, Maoist uniforms, Naxal posters, banners and literature were found from the spot, police said.

“We were tipped off about the presence of the explosives which were buried in two drums. They were recovered safely. The operation having taken place at a remote area, it took the security personnel nearly 2 days to bring the recovered items to Khairput,” said IIC Khairput Rajesh Chhatria.

“Possibility of the presence of more explosives in the area can not be ruled out. Combing operations have been intensified in the area,” said Malkangiri SP Anirudh Singh. “Nobody has been arrested yet,” he added.

Sources said the area bordering Koraput district provides a free passage to the Maoists. The Machkund dalam of the CPI (Maoist) operates in the area, and the seized explosives belong to them, police suspect.

Earlier on December 9, police had recovered huge quantity of Maoist explosives from Patraput village in the same police station area.

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