Wednesday, March 18, 2009

No breakthrough in Chhattisgarh explosives recovery

March 18th, 2009 - 10:38 pm

Raipur, March 18 (IANS) Chhattisgarh police Wednesday searched several locations in the state but failed to make any breakthrough in the recovery Tuesday of a huge cache of explosives.
“Simultaneous raids were carried out at Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur cities to achieve breakthrough (in the case),” Deputy Inspector General Pawan Deo told reporters.

The police Tuesday seized 17,750 rounds of bullets for 12-bore guns and 1,550 rounds of bullets used for 9-mm pistols from a truck close to the border with Jharkhand. The driver and helper escaped when they saw the police approach.

The police suspect the explosives were meant for Maoist guerrillas to step up violence in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls. Chhattisgarh will vote April 16.

The police said the truck number and other papers that showed the consignment was coming from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur for delivery at Raipur’s Pandri area were found to be fake.

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