Powerful landmine recovered in Malkangiri

Powerful landmine recovered in Malkangiri Malkangiri (Odisha): A powerful landmine was recovered in the district with police suspecting it was planted by Maoists to target security personnel ahead of next month’s panchayat polls in Odisha.

A joint anti-Naxal team comprising BSF, local police and Special Operations Group (SOG) stumbled upon the landmine weiging about two kg and over 100 metres of fuse wire during a combing operation in Badigota forests in Kalimela area, Inspector in charge (IIC), Kalimela, Aniruddha Routray said.

The team was walking through the dense forest and hilly terrains to dodge any attack when the police radar signalled some hidden object under the earth on the canal road near Badighata, sources said.

Experts in the team carefully dug up the earth and spotted the explosive device with its wires leading some distance inside the deep forests. The device was defused, the sources said.

Police suspect it was planted by Maoists to target security personnel and mar the election process in the area as they were aware of the combing operation going on in the area ahead of the polls.

Police had arrested one person and found a gun-making factory along with guns and other materials at Nilapari besides, a huge cache of arms and ammunition during a raid on Maoist camps at Sisaput, Khalaguda and Patraput recently.

Combing operation in the area had been intensified following the incident, the sources said.

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