Ranchi, Dec. 11: Acting on a tip-off by local residents, police today recovered a huge cache of 120 IEDs, two cylinder bombs, weighing 5kg each, and 200m codex wire, used in landmine blasts, from a Maoist hideout in Barwaiya forests of Manika, 80km from Latehar town and 190km from Ranchi.
The explosives were found hidden underneath rocks atop a hillock in the dense forests.
Latehar SP Anoop Birtharay said the explosives belonged to the Maoist squad of sub-zonal commander Shravan Yadav who carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head. "At present, he has been located in Gaya district of neighbouring Bihar. Almost all Maoist squads have fled the district following recent search operations but they have sympathisers who extend them logistic support," said Birtharay.
Sharing the credit of today's recovery with the villagers, he said it was an outcome of community policing. "I regularly visit the remote villages and introduce community policing there," added Birtharay.
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