Malkangiri (Odisha): A powerful landmine was
recovered in the district with police suspecting it was
planted by Maoists to target security personnel ahead of next
month`s panchayat polls in Odisha.
A joint anti-Naxal team comprising BSF, local police
and Special Operations Group (SOG) stumbled upon the landmine
weiging about two kg and over 100 metres of fuse wire during a
combing operation in Badigota forests in Kalimela area,
Inspector in charge (IIC), Kalimela, Aniruddha Routray said.
The team was walking through the dense forest and hilly
terrains to dodge any attack when the police radar signalled
some hidden object under the earth on the canal road near
Badighata, sources said.
Experts in the team carefully dug up the earth and
spotted the explosive device with its wires leading some
distance inside the deep forests. The device was defused, the
Police suspect it was planted by Maoists to target
security personnel and mar the election process in the area as
they were aware of the combing operation going on in the area
ahead of the polls.
Police had arrested one person and found a gun-making
factory along with guns and other materials at Nilapari
besides, a huge cache of arms and ammunition during a raid on
Maoist camps at Sisaput, Khalaguda and Patraput recently.
Combing operation in the area had been intensified
following the incident, the sources said.