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Maoist ammunition dump busted in Odisha-Andhra border

The explosives and arms seized from the ammunition dump site were intended to target civilians and police forces, said a senior police official on Wednesday.

SNS | BHUBANESWAR |

The Odisha Police have busted an ammunition dump suspected to have been used by the Maoists for illegal manufacturing and repair of weapons in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected Malkangiri district.

The explosives and arms seized from the ammunition dump site were intended to target civilians and police forces, said a senior police official on Wednesday.

“On the basis of specific information received, an intensive search and area domination was conducted by Malkangiri Police in the bordering area of Odisha-Andhra under Jodamba police jurisdiction, resulting in uncovering of one major Maoist dump near jungle area of village Dhkadpadar village”, police said in statement on Wednesday.

This has led to recovery and seizure of arms and explosives including around 17 kilograms of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), SBML gun, Rifle Mount Telescope, Country Made Pistol, Hand Grenade and Detonator.

 “This is a major jolt to the subversive and anti-national design of Maoists in this area. We are suspecting that these explosives along with other articles belong to the Maoists cadres of Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) and they were intended to be used against innocent civilians and security forces to carry out their subversive, anti-national activities. In the wake of recovery, further combing and search operations are going on in this area”, added the senior police official.