BOKARO: The district police have unearthed two underground bunkers used by Maoists to keep their arms, ammunition, explosives and to take shelter in the forests of Tetahi in Nawadih block of the district.
The bunkers were detected following a disclosure made by the arrested self-styled commander of Madhya sub-zone Phoolchand Soren alias Praveel Da during police interrogation. Soren, who was wanted in over 32 cases and carried a reward of Rs 3 lakh, was arrested along with his accomplice Bahdur Turi in a raid at Jamania village in Nawadih early on Saturday.
The security personnel could not recover anything from the bunkers as the rebels had managed to remove the stock before police arrived. However, police consider the recovery of bunkers as a major achievement.
“During encounters with police, the Maoists often managed to escape by hiding themselves in these bunkers or get ammunition and explosive stocked in it. The Naxalites also hide bodies of their accomplices and provide shelter to those who get injured in encounters in these bunkers. Earlier, in several anti-Naxalite operations in Upperghat areas of Nawadih, the Maoists have managed to escape taking help of the bunkers,” said SP Kuldeep Dwivedi.
“One of the bunkers unearthed in the jungle between Tetahi and Checharia has concrete walls. It is situated near a pond behind the bushes. Its entry was small like a rat hole. But once you creep deep inside, you will reach a big room at the end. However, to get to the entry point of the bunker one has to pass through water. There was a pipe installed inside the room connected to the outer area for passage of air. While the other bunker is small in comparison to the former, it seems the Maoists use it to hide their weapons,” said Dwivedi.