Thursday, August 30, 2007

Huge Red arms dump unearthed in Nallamala

Thursday August 30 2007 08:51 IST
MAHABOOBNAGAR: The district police on Wednesday unearthed a huge arms dump of CPI (Maoist) Naxalites from the Nallamala Forest under Amrabad police limits.

But what really caught the cops’ eye was the presence of an infrared thermometer in the dump comprising three self-loading rifles, two .303s, an 8 mm rifle, a tapancha, three rocket-launchers, 18 grenades, a telescope, ammunition for various weapons, a gas welding machine, and detonators.

Speaking to this website's newspaper, Superintendent of Police Charu Sinha said the dump could be two years old. “We raided a particular spot on a tip-off and unearthed the dump,” she said.

Referring to the infrared thermometer and the gas welding cutter, the SP said the Maoists could have done some experiments on weapons before camouflaging the dump.

“Probably, this is first time police seized an infrared thermometer from the Maoists,” she said. According to the SP, the infrared beam from the thermometer records the temperature of any object from a distance and the Maoists could have used it in experiments on rocket-launchers.

Sinha said it took the police teams quite a long time to trace and uncover the dump. Meanwhile, it is learnt that Rajitha, wife of CPI (Maoist) Mahaboobnagar district committee secretary Ramakanth has surrendered to the police.

Rajitha alias Devendramma was working as a commander of a local guerrilla squad. However, the SP did not confirm Rajitha’s surrender. She also said that no Maoists were arrested after the raid on the dump.

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