Police in Jharkhand's Gumla District have confirmed the recovery of a quintal of powder explosive.
Police in Jharkhand’s Gumla District have confirmed the recovery of a quintal of powder explosive.
They said the powder explosive was recovered from the Maoist-hit area on Friday evening on the basis of information provided by recently arrested Maoist leader Prasad Lakra.
Lakra was arrested by police on Thursday during a raid on a rebel hideout near Katkari village in Gumla District.
Superintendent of Police, Bheemsen Tuti, said the explosive material was found some distance away from the house of Lakra at Hesag village
under Raidih police station.
“This can be hailed as a major success because these explosives could have been used to inflict heavy damage on security forces and others,” said Tuti.
The explosive, which was concealed in a container, has now been sent for testing to ascertain its composition.
Police had foiled a Maoist operation in the state on June 8 with the arrest of four rebels in Palamu District.
The Maoists seek the violent overthrow of the Indian state and have fought authorities for decades, particularly in rural areas of central and eastern India where they enjoy some support.
They say they are fighting to give poor farmers and landless labourers control over their land and a greater claim on mineral wealth exploited by mining companies.
They have killed police personnel and politicians and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in insurgent acts, killing thousands since the 1960s.