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Since 1st March, 1999
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Quintals of ammo seized

Ranchi, Oct. 22: Alarm bells have started ringing among the state police officers following the Palamau police’s recovery of over four quintals of explosives.

The Palamau police recovered the gelatin sticks after being tipped off by an arrested zonal commander of CPI(Maoist) Ravi, who was nabbed by the Gaya police yesterday.

After the arrest, the Palamau police had taken the rebel on remand for questioning. State director-general of police Vishnu Dayal Ram confirmed the seizure of explosives.

“The explosives had the mark of a private company of Nagpur. We are probing how the explosives reached the hands of the rebels,” Ram added. The Palamau police found the explosives stocked inside two big, empty water tanks in the residence of a resident of Chak. The area falls under Manatu police station.

Police officials involved in anti-rebel operations said that the quantity of explosives seized at Palamau could be easily used to destroy mining activities in over 40 mines.

Police officials at the headquarters expressed concern about the pilferage of explosives that are reaching the hands of the rebels operating in the state.

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