Four powerful landmines found in Ganjam

Berhampur: Four powerful landmines were seized by security forces on Thursday from an abandoned Maoist camp in a dense jungle of southern district Ganjam.

Ganjam Superintendent of Police Asish Singh said the security personnel found two landmines weighing 20 kg each and the other two 15 kg each, besides 25 m of electric wires and about 12 detonators at the camp at Nipapidi jungle.

Several other materials used for making explosives and polythene sheets were also recovered from the area, he said adding the landmines were defused on the spot by the bomb disposal squad.

CRPF, district voluntary force and local police were jointly combing the area during a patrol when they found the camp.

No Maoist activist was, however, caught during the operation.

The Maoists might have fled from the area as the security personnel launched the operation, the police said, adding, combing was intensified in the area after the detection of the camp.

Earlier, security forces had recovered explosives in the jungles of Koraput district.