Explosives seized in Koraput forest

KORAPUT: Securitymen on Friday seized a huge cache of explosives during an anti-Maoist operation in a forest in Koraput district.

Sources said a joint team of BSF and police personnel had recovered the explosives and Maoist belongings dumped in a plastic drum while returning from a combing operation near Sisaput village, which lies on the border of Koraput and Malkangiri districts, under Machkund police limits.

The seized items include at least 56 detonators, 41 walkie-talkie sets, two claymore mines, two landmines, 37 kg explosives, around 10 kg of charcoal powder, Maoist uniforms and Naxal books and literature.

“There was no firing and no one was arrested. The explosives were dumped by the Maoists to use it in some future offensive. Investigation is on,” said a senior police officer engaged in anti-Maoist operations in Koraput. “Presence of more explosives in the area can’t be ruled out. We are planning of more operations in the area,” the officer added.

It may be recalled that the Malkangiri police had recovered huge cache of explosives near Khaloguda, which shares a boundary with Machkund of Koraput, under Mudulipada police station on Sunday.


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