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Arms haul in rebel-hit Jhumra

Bokaro, Aug. 28: Joint forces on Thursday seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Jhumra hills, around 110km from Bokaro steel city, vindicating intelligence claims that rebel outfits were trying to reorganise in the area.

Four guns, cartridges of .303 rifle, two dozen fuses and 200 metres of wires used for making explosives were found hidden under stones and dry leaves in the forests. These apart, more than two dozen camouflage uniforms, medicine boxes, two tape recorders, Naxalite literatures and a diary containing names of traders and businessmen who pay levies to the Maoists were also found.

No one has been arrested but a case has been filed in this regard with Mahuatand police in Gomia block of the district.

Superintendent of police (SP) Jitendra Singh said that the security personnel were still on the hunt for rebels in Jhumra and Upar Ghat areas. “The combing operation is on and we are expecting some more positive results soon,” the SP added.

Elaborating on the breakthrough, Singh said the police and paramilitary forces, led by him and the commandant of the 26th battalion of CRPF Sanjay Kumar, launched a massive combing operation in the area following intelligence inputs on movement of some “unknown faces”.

“The joint team has been camping in the Jhumra and Upar Ghat areas since August 18 after some villagers tipped-off about rebels’ presence in the zone,” Singh added.

Earlier, the security forces had beefed up vigil along the Bokaro-Hazaribagh-Giridih borders in view of Independence Day.

According to police sources, the home department had sounded an alarm after intelligence agencies suggested that rebel outfits were trying to regroup in the area.

“The intelligence agencies, in the second week of August, had informed the police that several hardcore Maoist leaders had sneaked into Bokaro, Hazaribagh and Giridih districts from the neighbouring states to spread their tentacles in these areas again. Also, the police were cautioned against possible ambush on security forces,” he added.


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