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128 can bombs found

Security personnel recovered a huge cache of explosives from Khunti on Monday.

As many as 125 improvised explosive devices (IED) hidden in milk cans and bound together with wires were found on Baghia-Bandu road, about 80km from the district headquarters in Rania police station area of Khunti district. The recovery followed interrogation of Maoist Sanjay Kerketta, a resident of Baghia who was arrested in Simdega on Monday for his involvement in an incident at Sonua in West Singhbhum.

Out of the 125 IEDs recovered, other than two, all weighed 10kg each, while two weighed 2kg each. It took six hours to defuse all of them.

District superintendent of police Amar Nath Mishra said it took a joint team of CRPF and Jharkhand Jaguar three hours to recover the explosives with the help of the district police.

“The IEDs were dug out between noon and 3pm. They were spread over a 300m area and hidden beneath a kutcha road. It was obviously meant for blowing up an entire company of securitymen as the path is used during long range patrolling. Had the explosives gone off together, they would have meant a huge loss of lives,” he said.

An FIR was registered in this connection against Maoists at Rania police station.

On August 30, security personnel deputed in the forests of Bundu recovered a 20kg IED hidden in a similar manner.

The recovery took place near a culvert between Chutru and Aradih forest, about 40km from the district headquarters under Bundu police station area of Ranchi, where the IED was planted to target security personnel.

Maoists — Tribhuvan Singh Munda (50) and Ganesh Singh Munda (27) — were arrested in that connection.


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