Naxal arms cache seized in Chandrapur

Chandrapur: The police have seized a small cache of arms and ammunition along with electronic equipments, which on assembling could help make explosive devices, in two separate raids in villages Talodhi-Balapur and Bolegaon on Tuesday.

Raids were carried out on the basis of information given by hard-core Naxalite Maroti Kurwatkar, who was arrested a few days back.

SP Suvez Haque said the raid was carried out at the residence of one Mithun Surpam, an autorickshaw driver. A bag kept in the custody of Surpam by Kurwatkar was recovered from the house.

The raiding team recovered a small laptop, a USB pen drive, a computer hard disc, electronic fuses, transistor divot, rechargeable batteries, two magnetic compass, Naxal literature along with a book detailing how to handle the explosives.

“The electronic equipment recovered from the bag could be assembled to make a landmine or improvised explosive device. It is still not clear whether this material was meant for transportation to Gadchiroli or use in Chandrapur district,” said SP Haque. He said Kurwatkar had posed as a distant relative of Surpam and urged him to keep the bag until his return.

However, the raiding party led by SDPO Vaibhav Kalbarme was shocked on the recovery of two loaded 9mm pistols when they raided Prakash Sayam’s house at Bolegaon.

“The bag was locked and Kurwatkar had threatened Sayam to keep it safe. Both the 9mm pistols kept in the bag were loaded. While one gun had eight rounds, the other had seven rounds. The 9mm gun is handed over to Naxalites with 10 rounds in its magazine. We are interrogating Kurwatkar to find out where the five bullets were used,” said Haque.

He said Kurwatkar was state committee member of CPI (Maoists) and acted as the right hand of state secretary Milind Teltumbde.

“Kurwatkar has claimed that he was going to hand over these materials to some persons he was to meet. We had got intelligence of four Naxalites visiting village Yori and Mudjha a couple of months back to watch Dandar, a folk programme. It is likely they were Kurwatkar’s contact for delivery of material,” he said.

He added that police have three more days of police custody of Kurwatkar and they are optimistic of getting more information from him.

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