Deogarh seizure: Explosives were deadly (India)
The landmines recovered by police from the dense forests of Deogarh on Friday had the ammunition to blow up a huge patrol party. As many as 192 pieces of gelatin sticks in 22 mines were recovered before being defused by the explosive detection squad.
The security personnel seized a steel container filled with splinters, 54 detonators, blow explosive weighing 200 gram, unused IED in two polythene bags and a battery.
Maoist literature, a bag containing clothes and bedding materials were also recovered from the spot.
Deogarh SP S. Praveen Kumar and the detection squad went in for a detailed investigation of the entire area after taking possession of the explosives on Saturday.
The value of these explosives, one of the biggest ever hauls, could be over Rs 15 lakh.
On Friday, a long range patrolling party of Special Operation Group (SOG) had spotted the mines on their way from Biriam to Hiran villages under Riamal police limits in the dense forests of Khalasuni range.
The mines were laid professionally. The ignition point was located 15 metres from the mines in a bushy area and connected by a circuit.
However, the laying was not completed and the police party reached there on time, Deputy Inspector General (Talcher Range) Arun Kumar Sarangi told this paper.
Police suspect that the mines were being planted by the Maoists from Friday onwards but after their spotters saw the patrolling team, they fled the place.
"Though it was targeted at the police, we think it was not exactly meant for the team that was combing the area on Friday. The Maoists were probably planning something big," Sarangi said.
Patrolling has now been intensified. Four teams have fanned to comb the forests.
Von: 16 October 2005, http://www.newindpress.com