Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

In a major breakthrough, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans busted a Maoist hideout at Niyamgiri hills near Tadijhola forest under Lanjigarh block in Kalahandi district on Saturday and seized huge cache of explosives, arms and ammunition and other Mao articles from the spot.

Based on intelligence reports, CRPF personnel launched a combing operation in the forest and seized huge amount of explosives, two pistols, 35 gelatin sticks, 50 detonators, batteries, electric wire, ropes, urea tiffins, 13 live bullets and other incriminating materials with the help of sniffing dogs.

“Thanks to the effort by the sniffing dogs, we could seize the explosives, arms and ammunition,” said Mitu Roy, a CRPF official.

“A banner of CPI Maoist Baghuna Division was also recovered from the spot. It is suspected that the group could have hidden the arms and ammunition for any ambush,” said Roy adding that further investigation into the same is underway.
According to sources, the Maoists were staying in the area for the last few days and were planning for a big ambush on Independence Day and ‘Kranti Dibas’, which was foiled by the security personnel.

The security personnel raided the area and seized the arms and ammunition before the Naxals could carry out their plan. However, the ultras fled the spot.

Last week, security forces had stepped up operations across various districts, particularly along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border, in wake of the Maoists sponsored ‘Martyrs Week’ (Sahid Diwas) which was observed from July 28-August 3.

(Edited by Pradeep Singh)