Explosives stockpiled by Maoists seized

Koraput: Huge quantities of explosives stocked by Maoists were recovered by security force personnel during combing operation from a forest in Koraput district, police said today.

At least 282 gelatine sticks each weighing 125 grams, 10 bundles of live wires, 28 tiffin boxes used to pack landmines and other Maoist belongings were recovered from a forest in Machkund area last evening, they said. The explosives were dumped inside the forest in a plastic drum. Security personnel chanced upon the dumped explosives and recovered it," Koraput Superintendent of Police Avinash Kumar said.

As no one was present at the spot, no arrest has been made. The Maoists had dumped the explosives for their future use, he said. "The Maoists had probably stocked the explosive materials for use during the the ensuing panchayat elections in the state to disrupt the process," Kumar added. Combing operation and patrolling has been intensified in the area after the seizure.