600 rocket missiles seized in AP (India)
New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh police on Friday has claimed its biggest arms haul in two years, recovering 600 rocket missiles from the Naxal-infested forests in Mahabubnagar district. They also diffused at least 20 landmines from within the 10 km radius.
The seized missiles are understood to have the capability to shoot targets or objects up to 1 km range. According to police, when put on a shoulder, they can also target moving objects like car, bus, truck or even a low-flying helicopter.
A special police party combing the Nallamala forest area unearthed the arms from a dump near Jangireddypalli village late on Thursday night, police said.
The weapons were reportedly being transported to be hidden in a dump in the Nallamala forest for future use.
Police sources also say that the information came through Naxal informers.
According to sources, police intercepted a vehicle and seized 600 rocket launchers and 15 mining machines from it. They also reportedly arrested a Maoist activist accompanying the weapons.
The vehicle was intercepted at Jangareddygudem, an entry point into thick forests, sources said.
Director General of Police Swaranjeet Sen is rushing here and was expected to hold a press conference to reveal details of the find.
Combing operations had been on for the past one year in the area specially in the Karimnagar, Nallamala forest, Mehboobnagar and Warangal districts are infamous in the state for being hotbed of Naxal activity.
Von: 08.09.2006, ibnlive.com