Koraput (Odisha): Huge quantities
of explosives stocked by Maoists were recovered by security
force personnel during combing operation from a forest in
Koraput district, police said Sunday.
At least 282 gelatine sticks each weighing 125 grams,
10 bundles of live wires, 28 tiffin boxes used to pack
landmines and other Maoist belongings were recovered from a
forest in Machkund area last evening, they said.
“The explosives were dumped inside the forest in a
plastic drum. Security personnel chanced upon the dumped
explosives and recovered it," Koraput Superintendent of
Police Avinash Kumar said.
As no one was present at the spot, no arrest has been
made. The Maoists had dumped the explosives for their future
use, he said.
"The Maoists had probably stocked the explosive
materials for use during the the ensuing panchayat elections
in the state to disrupt the process," Kumar added.
Ccombing operation and patrolling has been intensified
in the area after the seizure.