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Vikash Sharma

A major tragedy has been averted by the security forces who seized explosives from near the spot where three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in an ambush by the ultras in Nuapada district recently.

During a search operation conducted by a scientific team, four tiffin bombs and other explosives were recovered near Patadhara forest. All the explosives have been diffused by the security forces, sources said.

It is suspected that the rebels had dumped the explosives with an intention to use them to carry out attacks in future.

On Tuesday, the three CRPF jawans were martyred in the Maoist ambush at Patadhara reserve forest under Nuapada's Boden block. The ultras had earlier warned against the newly set up CRPF camp at Patadhara and had put up banners and posters in the area.

On Thursday, a Maoist camp was busted during a joint operation by a team of security forces comprising Kalahandi police, SOG and DVF jawans at Labanagada forest. The ultras had reportedly fired upon security forces using LMG and other automatic weapons.

Acting on a credible input regarding the presence of the Maoists, the joint operation was launched by the security forces in the region.

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