Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mine firm men held with explosives for Maoists

Manoj Prasad Posted online: Sunday , Feb 28, 2010 at 0157 hrs

Ranchi : A huge quantity of explosives were recovered from an employee of a private company in Gumla and two of them were placed under arrest on suspicion of supplying explosives to Maoists.

Etwa Oraon, a worker and Udit Naraian, the manager of the Rourkela-based Sereka Bauxite Mines (SBM),were arrested after explosives were recovered from Oraon’s house in Bainsathan village under Ghaghra police station in Gumla district on Saturday morning after a tip-off.

The recovery comprises 187 gelatin sticks measuring 25 kgs, 3100 detonators, 50 safety fuses and nine coils of wires of 4500 metres and a diary carrying guidelines to manufacture IEDs and bombs. Although Narain claimed that he was innocent, Etwa confessed that he supplied the explosives to the Maoists.”I did it at the order of Narainji,” said Etwa.

The police suspect that the Narain and Etwa had provided the gunpowder for the IED detonated by the CPI(Maoist) cadres near Bishrampur in Gumla in the aftermath of the Assembly elections on November 22 when three members of the security forces were killed.

Some members of its staff had diverted explosives supplies to the Maoists, the police said. “This racket has been going on for long,” Gumla SP N K Singh said.

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