Himansu Shekhar Rout

In a major breakthrough, security forces recovered a huge cache of Maoist articles in a forest under Kalimela police limits bordering Andhra Pradesh on Monday. With this recovery, a major attack targeting security forces has been averted, sources said. 

As per reports, the jawans of the Special Operations Group (SOG) along with the District Voluntary Forces (DVF) have been carrying out anti-Maoist operations in forests in the Kalimela area.

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

Among the articles recovered from the forest are a gun, steel boxes, iron rods, torches, a gas cylinder, and 34 types of materials used in making tiffin bombs and explosives.
According to sources, as the anti-Maoist operation is being carried out in the forested pockets, it is suspected that the rebels were planning to use the articles to target security forces.

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In the wake of this development, the security forces have intensified the combing operation in the area. More such dumps are expected to be found.

Maoist activities are on the rise in the neighbouring states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. It has been a cause for concern for the Odisha Police while security forces in Malkangiri are on their toes.

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