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Booklet hints at Maoist link in army

The seizure of an army booklet on the making of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during an anti-Maoist operation in Munger hints at Naxalites’ easy access to the documents of the armed force.

During the eight-hour operation on Wednesday, the personnel of the district armed police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) stumbled upon a booklet of the army containing detailed information about how to make IEDs. “Such a secret document of the army has been found from a Maoist hideout for the first time in Bihar. The document is supplied only to army officers. Even police officers below the rank of superintendent of police (SP) have no access to such documents,” Munger SP Varun Kumar Sinha said.

The importance of the booklet can be gauged from the fact that officers concerned are told to destroy it immediately after going through it. “Such documents are provided for a certain period and destroyed thereafter to prevent (mis)use,” the SP told The Telegraph over phone from Munger on Thursday.

Sinha said he would apprise senior officers at the state police headquarters of the recovery of the secret document of the army from a Maoist hideout. The booklet contained the technique and composition of explosives used for making IEDs, mostly used by the rebels against the security forces.

Deputy inspector-general (Munger range) Sudhanshu Kumar said: “We are trying to ascertain the source, which could have supplied such a secret document to the outfit.” Rebels reportedly hire retired army personnel to train newly recruited cadre, he said.

Kumar said a joint operation of the district police and CRPF was launched in Kanani forests under the jurisdiction of Haveli Kharagpur sub-division of Munger district to flush out the rebels, trying to strengthen their base in some inaccessible hilly terrains.

The SP said six suspected activists of the CPI(Maoist) were apprehended from the Kandani forest, around 70km from the district headquarters town of Munger. Naxalite literature and police uniform were seized after an encounter, which left two Maoists seriously injured. The Maoists, however, managed to flee with their injured cadre, he added.

Police investigations have revealed that the Maoists had raised a mini-army and armed it to the teeth with sophisticated firearms like AK-47, Insas rifles and landmines.