Midnapore: Amid stepped up offensive in
three Maoist infested districts of West Bengal, joint forces
have seized the largest ever cache of arms, ammunition and
explosives since they began operations in June last year and
arrested a top local Maoist leader.
"So far it is the largest ever recovery of arms,
ammunition and explosives, including fireams looted during
February 15 Maoist attack on the Silda EFR camp in West
Midnapore district," a top police official told PTI here
The seizures made at Jharnadiha village in Binpur area
in West Midnapore district last evening, included AK-47
and INSAS rifles, a large number of cartridges, detonators,
gelatine sticks, crude bombs, two computers, CDs and
The joint forces also found some firearms looted
during the Maoist attack on the EFR camp at Silda on February
15 when the ultras killed 24 personnel, he said.
The police official said some police and CRPF uniforms
were also seized.
The arms and ammunition, he said, were stockpiled by
the Maoists after looting them or procuring from other
A hardcore Maoist, whom the police declined to name,
was also arrested and 27 were detained during yesterday`s
Police sources said that more raids would be made.