Saturday, June 27, 2009

200kg ammo haul in Bokaro

- Two couriers for Maoists held
OUR CORRESPONDENT
Bokaro, June 26: Over 200kg of powerful ammonium nitrate explosives and 98 detonators were seized today and two persons arrested after they admitted the arms consignment was meant for top Maoist leaders.

Police and intelligence sources said the explosives, neatly packed in four bags of 50kg each, and two mobile phones were to be delivered to Naxalites Navin Manjhi and Santosh Mahto who were apparently planning an operation, possibly against security forces, over the weekend.

Acting on a tip-off from villagers of Mahuatand, a team led by Bokaro superintendent of police Laxman Singh today raided rural areas in search of explosives that were to be delivered to Naxalite contacts late on Friday night.

At 9am today, they arrested Mahuatand residents Sanjay Sao and Ganesh Sao, the owners of two stone crusher plants who claimed they had received the consignment of explosives from two businessmen — Sunil Singh of Ramgarh and Prakash Singh of Ichak (Hazaribagh).

They also admitted being regular suppliers of explosives to Maoists with the arms often ferried to neighbouring states, including Bihar.

Police sources said the first consignment of explosives of 150kg was packed in three bags and 76 detonators were hidden in Sanjay Sao’s stone crusher plant at Badkitunnu.

After interrogation, Sanjay told the police that another consignment of 50kg ammonium nitrate and 22 detonators were hidden at Ganesh Sao’s stone crusher plant.

“A study of calls made from the two seized mobiles will help the police get to more people involved in arms deals with Maoists. We have now come to know about the entire arms network of Naxalites in this zone,” said the SP of Bokaro.

Last week, a lab technician and doctor were arrested from Hazaribagh and Bokaro respectively for supplying arms to Manjhi.

A huge cache of ammunition, to be used by rebels, had been seized from Giridih on June 21 from a bunker in Bagoder, hours before a Maoist-sponsored bandh in the state.

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