Cassian Baliarsingh

In a major anti-Maoist operation in the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border, the DVF on Wednesday seized a huge cache of explosives and a Maoist dump hidden underground in a jungle area near bordering Dayaltung village under Kalimela PS in Malkangiri.

The District Voluntary Force (DVF), a special constabulary unit of Odisha police also recovered a huge quantity of IEDs and materials used for making the IED during the raid.

Police said it was a major operation based on basis of specific information received, about Maoists’ presence in the insurgency-hit region. The explosives were seized after an intensive search by DVF and Intelligence Personnel of Malkangiri District in the general area under Kalimela PS jurisdiction bordering Andhra-Odisha, informed Malkangiri Police.

Among the seized items are 190 gelatin sticks, one 20-kg IED, five 7-kg IED, one 5-kg IED, one 4-kg IED, three 3-kg IED and another 2-kg IED. 

It is suspected that these articles were being made to target civilians and security forces. This is seen as a major jolt to the subversive and anti-national design of Maoists in this area. The police suspect that the explosives along with other articles belong to the Maoist cadres of AOBSZC.

"They were intended to be used against innocent civilians and security forces to carry out their subversive, anti-national activities and to show their presence again in this area," informed police.

In the wake of the recovery, further combing and search operations are reportedly going on in this area.