Huge cache of Maoist ammunition seized

In one of the biggest arms haul in West Midnapore district, the CRPF has seized a big cache of ammunition and explosives in the district which had witnessed a year-long lull in Maoist activity, a senior officer of the paramilitary force said on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off, the 6th and 50 Battalion personnel of the CRPF raided Jhitka forest and its adjoining villages in

West Midnapore district on Tuesday and seized around 1,200 cartridges, 84 detonators and three landmines, DIG of CRPF T Kuntia said.

The CRPF personnel dug up the earth and found the cartridges, detonators and landmines which were concealed in polythenes, the DIG said. The seized cartridges include those of AK-47, INSAS rifles, 9 mm, single barrel.

The searches by the CRPF personnel continued on Wednesday in the area and also in Lalgarh area of the district, sources said.

Police suspect Maoists had hidden the ammunition and were trying to regroup to launch attack ahead of Maoist leader Kishenji's death anniversary on November 24. After the death of Kishenji in an encounter with security forces last year, there has been a lull in Maoist activity in the area.

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