KENDRAPADA: A huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from a Maoist camp in the Aradabala forests on the Jajpur-Keonjhar border early Tuesday morning. Among the seized items were 100 aluminium detonators, seven boosters, 146 rounds of live bullets, seven pistols, three rifles and some Maoist literature, said Kishore Chandra Mund, police officer of Kalinganagar police station. “Maoists fled on the arrival of CRPF and SOG personnel, who destroyed the camp,” the police officer said. The raid was conducted following a tip off by arrested Maoist cadre Rabi Murmu of Balipur village.
Jajpur and Keonjhar districts are considered Maoist stronghold as these areas are covered with dense forests and are a safe haven for Maoists since long. The presence of Maoists was felt in Jajpur district in 2006 after police gunned down 14 tribals in Kalinganagar while they were protesting against a private company to acquire their land.