Gondia: In a 12-hour joint operation, the anti-Naxal branch of Gondia police, C 60 commandos, the bomb detection and disposal squad and Gadchiroli police unearthed 45kg of gelatin and four detonators, packed in a plastic drum and buried about four feet underground in Baswi ghat, about 4km from Chichgarh police station on Tuesday.
Since two months, there were reports of presence of Naxals in areas surrounding Chichgarh police station in Deori tehsil. They were distributing literature and posters etc. In a search operation in Piparkhedi forest under Chichgarh police station about two months back, the Naxalites had opened fire on the security forces in which a constable was killed. About eight to 10 days back, they had gheraoed the forest surrounding Pipakhari and threatened private operators who transport forest produce that they should not be seen in this region.
On Tuesday, the police received a tip-off that the rebels had stored explosives on Chichgarh-Korchi Road. The cops closed the Gondia-Gadchiroli road and started the search operation early in the morning. After a 12-hour operation, they found the plastic drum containing the explosives. Sources said that if the explosives had been detonated, even the landmine detecting armoured vehicle would have been blown off.