Maoist arms unit busted in Odisha

KORAPUT: The BSF and the Odisha police personnel busted an arms manufacturing unit of Maoists in a dense forest of Narayanpatna in Koraput district on Friday.

However, no one was present at the time of the raid, said police.

According to BSF sources, the Red rebels had set up the unit in the dense forests of Hurlikota near Naktipadar village, about 100 km from here, under Narayanpatna police limits.

"We had intelligence inputs regarding existence of the unit and an operation was launched to unearth it. A team of BSF personnel from our Podapadar camp spotted the unit around 10.30 am," said deputy commandant (BSF) Satya Ranjan Panda. The security personnel also recovered Maoist belongings from the spot.

A lathe machine, a drilling machine, a mixer, an iron wielding machine, a battery testing meter, steel containers, two empty cases of claymore mines, at least four gun barrels, two pairs of ultra uniforms, Maoist literature and as many as 50 types of spare parts used in gun were also seized.

"During investigation it was found that the arms manufacturing unit was operating for the past few months. Apart from manufacturing arms, the Left-wing extremists were also using the unit to repair their arms," said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar.

"Existence of more such units in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon areas can't be ruled out. We have intensified our anti-Red operations in the area," he added.



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