Police unearth Maoist arms dump in Adilabad

ADILABAD: As another indication that Maoists are steadily making a comeback in north Telangana, Adilabad police unearthed a huge arms dump near Dongapalli village in Jannaram forest area on Thursday.

Superintendent of police Sarvasrestha Tripathi said the dump was recovered by the special party police who were combing the area. The dump included two kilos of black gun powder, one kilo of white gun powder, 40 rounds of 300 high velocity bullets, 105 rounds of 9mm bullets, 36 empty rounds of 9mm pistol, an empty grenade, 31 electrical detonators, 1 kilo air gun balls, three explosive wire bundles and six electrical wire bundles, two 12 bore ammunition fillers, 50 grenade safety pins and two batteries.

Apart from Maoist literature, 200 Telugu books, 20 English books on revolutionary philosophy, 30 dairies, five area maps and two video and seven audio cassettes were also seized. A police officer, on the condition of anonymity, said the rebels were trying to regain their hold in the district. “The Maoist party is mobilising its frontal organisations to take an active role in the movement,” he said. Recently, Maoists had terrorised Khammam district by firing at an SI and assaulting a forest section officer in Dummugudem. They also conducted a praja court in Mahadevpur forests in Karimnagar and fired upon a Congress leader due to his allegiance to minister Sridhar Babu.

Interestingly, the dump was unearthed near Dongapalli where the movement against the proposed Kawal tiger reserve is gaining momentum. Tribal organisations, political parties and civic groups are area protesting against the government’s decision to evacuate thousands of tribals from the Kawal wildlife sanctuary which is to be turned into a tiger reserve.

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