In an astonishing development, police on Thursday afternoon recovered more than four hundred bullets used in self-loading rifles (SLR) lying abandoned in Kerala’s Malappuram district, reports Times of India. The report also said that six days ago, under the same bridge police had recovered five M18A1 directional anti-personnel claymore mines. This has causes suspicion of sabotage and the investigation is underway in this regard. The report said that according to DSP of Tirur, during the search operation in the case of recent recovery of landmines, police have found the cartridges from river water. “In the preliminary examinations, we have learnt that the cartridges are SLR bullets being used by the Indian army,” said DSP quoting Times of India.
The report added that the investigation regarding the recovery of claymore mines is going on at a very slow pace. The recovered mines with the effective firing range of 50 metres had been shifted to police camp at Malappuram. The National Security Guards has confirmed that mines are live and issued by Indian Army. The police have called for the assistance of technical teams from the Army to solve the puzzle about the explosives recovered. However, the report said that Army team is yet to arrive in Malappuram. As per the report, the team of investigating officials have reached Mumbai on Wednesday in order to collect details about landmines supplied by Army units in Maharashtra.
A PTI report said that as many as five metal containers with the suspected explosive substance, two metal parts and six gunny bags were found scattered on the sandbanks beneath the bridge over Bharathapuzha river on January 5. The containers had the wordings “FRONT TOWARD ENEMY”. Police said the objects looked like landmines and the gunny bags were in military green colour. The report added that some local people tipped police about the presence of the objects under the bridge, following which bomb disposal squads rushed to the spot and collected the objects.