Sunday, November 15, 2009

Recovery of arms foiled Maoists' plan, says DGP

Faizan Ahmad, TNN 15 November 2009, 06:39am IST

PATNA: The series of recent recovery of huge cache of ammunition, explosive materials and arms, which has absolutely no parallel in the state, made
one thing amply clear that Maoists were planning massive operations in Bihar and election bound Jharkhand in the coming days.

This is the initial findings of the police administration which has got alarmed over the brazen manner in which the arms peddlers and suppliers brought heaps of explosive materials and successfully stored them at safe places.

The police brass feel that seizure of ammunition from Patna and Gaya and also from Bokaro in Jharkhand state has definitely frustrated the plans of the extremists. "It can be the imagination of anybody what they would have done with these materials," said DGP Anand Shankar.

"The recovery of Naxalite literature along with explosive materials gave enough indications that Naxalites were behind the piling of this ammunition," Shankar told TOI on Saturday. He, however, hastened to add that investigation was going on from all possible angles. "The results have started coming," said the super cop hinting a follow-up action after a thorough probe.

Shankar said the recovery was made from unexpected places. "Those involved in unlawful acts have a psychology to store such things at the places which nobody suspects," he said and added the police operation was a big success. He was particularly disturbed over the Maoists' acts of blowing up communication towers. "On GT Road mobiles do not work," he said.

The DGP said that Bihar government is in consultation with the neighbouring states "as a matter of routine" for cooperation and coordination in dealing with the situation. Sources said that Bihar police have decided to approach neighbouring state agencies to destroy the inter-state network of arms and ammunition peddlers. A meeting chaired by the DGP has been held in this regard. A senior police official said that following pressure by the security forces across the country "the red extremists are desperate and fighting a do and die battle." The official said that the Naxalites get arms and ammunition from Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir. "They also extensively get Army ammunition," he said.

However, the police and IB agencies have not been able to find out the precise communication channel of fund and arms supply to the Maoists. "Heavy financial transactions are made through non-banking financial institutions," a top ranking cop told TOI.

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