DALTONGANJj: Police on Monday recovered 80 pressure cookers, 215 tiffin boxes, 50 detonators, 10 metres of wire and 20 litres of burnt mobil from near a jewellery shop. The articles were to be shipped to the CPI (Maoist).
SP Anoop T Mathew said police had raided the jewellery shop at Tetrai in Panki on Sunday. “Shop owner Ajay Soni has been arrested. The articles were recovered outside his shop,” he added.
Mathew said the pressure cookers, each of three litres capacity, were to be used by the Maoists to trigger serial landmines blast. “The Naxalites have now changed their strategy of inflicting damages. Earlier, the rebels used to blast anti-landmine vehicles. Now they are to target cops on foot by way of serial landmines.”
The Naxalites had tried this method last year in Lohardagga killing a number of police personnel.
The consignment was purchased in bulk from a shop in Daltonganj. Mathew said the shopkeeper, too, tried to know from the buyers for what purpose so many pressure cookers/tiffin boxes were being bought. “The buyers convinced the shopkeeper that the pressure cookers and tiffin boxes will be used for labourers under the MGNREGA scheme.” The purchase was of Rs 50,000, said the SP.
Police are looking for two persons, Dilip and Murli, who are absconding. According to SP, they were to reach these items to Manohar Ganjhu, a company commander of the Maoists, and Anoop Thakur, a regional committee member of the Maoists, operating in Latehar district’s Herhunj police station.