Mrunal Manmay Dash

The jawans of 142 Battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) unearthed a huge cache of Maoist materials including gun-manufacturing equipment from Alurkota village under Kalimela police limits in Malkangiri district.

The materials were stored in a plastic drum and buried under the ground near Sileru river. The jawans detected the Maoist dump while conducting a combing operation in Bhejangwada jungle.

As per reports, the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) had hidden gelatine sticks, hand grenades, and a lathe machine used for manufacturing guns, to target security forces. However, the bid was foiled by the BSF jawans.

Similarly, the jawans of the Special Operations Group (SOG) unearthed a dump of Maoist materials including arms and explosives from the jungle near Gumudaput village under Machkund police limits in Koraput district.

The seized materials include eight tiffin bombs weighing 7kg each, nine tiffin bombs weighing 3kg each, flexible wires, two detonators, one pistol and 14 rounds of ammunition.

Sources said the explosives belonged to Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the Maoists.

It is pertinent to mention here that many Maoists are trying to enter Odisha after fleeing from Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh due to anti-Maoist operations in these neighbouring States.

Even in Odisha, the SOG along with the District Voluntary Forces (DVF) have been carrying out anti-Maoist operations in forests in the Kalimela area.

During a combing operation on December 25, they stumbled upon several Maoist articles, which were buried underground at Kurmanur forest spreading into the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

A gun, steel boxes, iron rods, torches, a gas cylinder, and 34 types of materials used in making tiffin bombs and explosives were seized by the security personnel.