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Security personnel raid Maoist hideout; huge quantities of weapons seized

Security forces have seized huge quantities of weapons and ammunitions after a raid in the forests of Naxalite affected Churia region.

In a major haul,security forces have seized huge quantities of weapons and ammunitions after a raid in the forests of Naxalite affected Churia region–close to the inter-state border with Maharashtra–early this morning in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh.

Inspector General of Police Rajinder Kumar Vij told The Indian Express that a team of security personnel,accompanied by police from neighbouring Maharashtra,raided a Maoist hideout in the dense forests near bijepar. He said the security forces were still searching the area.

Vij said a dump containing 400 detonators,84 rounds of 12 bore,five rounds of eight mm,alternators,switches and Maoist literature were recovered so far during the raids,which began early this morning in coordination with the Gadchiroli police.

“Any further details could be available only after the security forces comes out of the forest area”,he added.

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Maoists in Chhattisgarh were apparently lying low almost for the last one year,particularly after the rebels massacred 76 security personnel at Tadmetla in Dantewada district on April six last year. There have been intelligence reports about increased presence and movement of rebels outside Bastar region,particularly in Dhamtari,Rajnandgaon — close to Chhattisgarh Maharashtra border — and even in parts Gariaband region of Raipur district which also borders neighbouring Orissa.

First published on: 01-05-2011 at 11:22:37 am
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