Raipur: Chhattisgarh police backed by para-military Border Security Force (BSF) Friday busted a major explosives unit of the outlawed Communist Party of India- Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in violence-hit Bastar region, officials at police headquarters said.
A contingent comprising dozens of state policemen and BSF personnel raided a Maoist hideout in Abujhmad forest in Kanker district and busted an explosives unit where over 250 kg explosives materials being mainly used for IED blasts were recovered, a senior police official told IANS.
The officer said that Maoists had fired a few rounds of bullets at policemen when they stormed into their forested hideout but the rebels ran away when they found it tough to counter the cops. No policemen or Maoists were injured in the brief gun battle, police said.
Abujhmad falls under the 40,000 sq km Bastar region. It is considered the nerve centre of Maoist militancy for nearly three decades.