Ranchi, June 5: Acting on a tip-off, West Singhbhum police and CRPF unearthed an illegal mini-gun factory and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition during a joint search operation of over 24 hours at two different places in Tabo, 120km from Chaibasa, yesterday.
The search operation, which began early last morning, was still on when the report was filed this evening.
While the mini-gun factory was destroyed at one place, security forces recovered 10 double-barrel rifles, 330 cartridges, 160 detonators, ammunition pouches and tools for manufacturing firearms from the other spot.
ASP (operations) Manish Raman today said based on the submissions by a PLFI rebel, Patel Hembrom, who was caught three days ago, police raided both the sites deep in the forests of Tabo, 300km from capital Ranchi.
"We started early last morning. Our operation is on. Detailed reports are awaited," he said. There was, however, no report of any arrest.
In another development, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh police have agreed to intensify joint search in bordering areas. This decision was taken at a meeting held in Netarhat yesterday, attended by Chhattisgarh's Surguja IG Himanshu Singh and Balrampur SP Sadanand Kumar, besides Jharkhand's Latehar SP Anoop Birtharay and his Garhwa counterpart Priyadarshi Alok.
It was observed that though the rebels had been cornered to a certain extent, their movements were frequently noticed in the bordering forest areas.
SP Birtharay said the rebels used forest routes for commuting between Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
"At times, when we succeed in chasing them away from our area, they easily find safe havens in neighbouring states. So, it has been decided that combing operations will be carried out in tandem," Birtharay added.