AP police seize huge dump of grenade spare parts from Maoists
Hyderabad: Close on the heels of killing of
two top Maoists leaders, Andhra Pradesh police on Monday claimed
to have made the biggest-ever recovery of rocket launchers and
grenades spare parts in the state.
Based on documents seized from locations of Kondala
Reddy, one of the two deceased Maoist leaders, police
conducted raids in a house at Paidiparru village in West
Godavari district and recovered a large number of grenade
spare parts, rocket launchers and other items, Andhra
Pradesh DGP R R Girish Kumar told reporters here today.
With the recovery of such a huge dump, a major disaster
has been averted to the general public as well as armed forces
and political targets, the top cop said, adding the spare parts
can be assembled into 3,000 grenades.
Kondal Reddy alias Tech Ramana was an expert in making
country-made firearms, IEDs and hand-grenades, and was a close
associate of Tech Madhu besides being instrumental in
manufacture and transportation of weapons, the DGP explained.
"The material was brought at different times and dumped
in the house for the last two three years. They (Maoists) had
plans to distribute the weapons to militia men on
Andhra-Orissa border and nearly 1,000 grenades were assembled
and have already been distributed," Girish Kumar said.
Shakamuri Apparao and Kondal Reddy were killed in two
separate encounters with personnel of the special police
in Prakasam and Warangal districts on March 12.
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