Ahead of the Republic Day celebration, security personnel on Monday seized and defused a huge cache of explosives from the Swabhiman Anchal designated area in Odisha's Malkangiri.

Acting on reliable information, jawans of BSF battalion at Ghanabeda and the district police personnel conducted a joint operation and recovered seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and explosives concealed under stone piles near the villages of Sadaram, Sanyasiguda and Totaguda, said police.



The seized items included steel container IED (approx 5 kg), 4 steel container IED (approx -2 kg), brass container IED (approx 1kg), brass container IED (approx 500 gm), other powdered explosive-500gm, brass gas welding stove and other materials.

All the IEDs were defused by the bomb disposal squad at the site, an official release said.

The destruction of the IEDs planted by the Maoists has foiled their nefarious designs to disrupt the Republic Day celebration, said the release.

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