Huge cache of arms and ammunition seized from Maoist camp in Malkangiri
Malkangiri: A huge cache of arms and ammunition was seized after a Maoist camp was busted following a combing operation jointly launched by Odisha Police, BSF, CoBRA and Andhra Police in Swabhiman Anchal of Malkangiri district.
This was one of the biggest counter-LWE operations in the area that was underway to provide security cover for construction of road in the region, which was opposed by the Maoists, DGP Abhay said.
The DGP informed that an exchange of fire between a team comprising SOG and DVF commandos of Odisha police and Maoists had taken place at Goiguda village on January 15. On the basis of information gathered from Maoist documents and electronic devices seized after the exchange of fire, intense search and area domination exercises were conducted that led to the discovery of major Maoist hideouts and dumps in the Swabhiman Anchal and adjoining areas.
It is suspected that the arms and ammunition might have been looted from the police in the past.
“We suspect that the arms and ammunition were hidden by Maoists of Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (ABSZC). Combing and area domination exercises have been intensified in the region to bust more such Maoist camps, if any,” the DGP added.