Mines, grenades found in anti-Maoist operation

Garhwa: The five-day-long Operation Rain Storm that began on July 27 against the CPI (Maoist) in Bhandaria block areas achieved major success as the security forces destroyed two main training camps of the rebels at Koda Pahad and Turey areas and recovered a good number of landmines, hand grenades, uniforms and Naxalite literature from there.

The operation, carried out by Garhwa police in association with the CRPF’s CoBRA Battalion and Jharkhand Jaguar, ended on July 31.

Garhwa SP Michael Raj S told media persons here on Wednesday that the security forces arrested five villagers who are said to be the supporters of Maoists. “The arrested supporters are Vinod Korwa, Manoj Korwa, Kailash, Madan Khalkho and Palash Korwa alias Paras,” said the SP. “The security forces have recovered as many as 30 items belonging to the CP (Maoist) that included 12 landmines, a good number of hand grenades, uniforms and literature.”

The SP also said the arrested five persons were the source of vital information about the Maoists. The operation had covered a vast area spreading from Bhandaria block of Garhwa district to the areas of Latehar, Palamu and Balrampur Chhattisgarh.

Meanwhile, CRPF commandant R K Dagar said during the operation, several items of daily use were distributed to the residents of various villages, including Chapia and Kapri Mahua, under the community policing. “Such activities of the security forces gave sent a good and positive message to the villagers about the police,” Dagar added.

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