Security forces seize cache of explosives in Jharkhand
Ramgarh (Jharkhand), Feb 3 : Security forces have recovered a large cache of explosives during raids on Maoist hideouts in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district.
In a joint operation by the police of Ramgarh district and a bomb disposal squad from Ranchi, the recovery was made from the Kotre forest in the area.
"We received a tip-off about some militants having gathered here. We raided this place to verify the facts. In the course of the raid, we recovered four or five cane bombs, some power gel and 16-17 detonators. Apart from that, we have also recovered some wire and digging implements," said Ramgarh's Superintendent of Police (SP), Anish Gupta.
The cane bombs, weighing between two and five kilograms, were of great destructive potency. They were destroyed in controlled explosions by the bomb squad.
"The explosives recovered have great destructive power. They are enough to destroy a very big vehicle in one go," said bomb disposal official, Ravindra Singh.
Maoist insurgents have significantly increased their presence in tribal and rural regions in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of millions of landless labourers and marginal farmers. However, the government has termed them to be India's main internal security threat.