Security forces on Saturday recovered a large haul of landmines and live ammunition from Dori Pundra forest, ahead of the Panki by-elections on May 16.
Dori Pundra forest borders the area under jurisdiction of the Panki police station.
Acting on a tip off, the security forces, comprising the central reserve police force (CRPF) and Jharkhand police personnel, made the recovery, thus foiling the plans by Maoist forces of targeting security and polling personnel during the election.
They recovered four pressure cooker bombs, nine tiffin bomb, five litres of sulphuric acid, iron pipes and over 2,000 live cartridges of different bores.
“This is the latest of the three significant recoveries made in the same region since May 3. With this, our boys have foiled the Maoists’ designs of hampering the Panki election,” Latehar superintendent of police Anoop Birtharay said.
“The recovered haul had been stocked by the Maoists for inflicting damage to security forces and the polling personnel during the election.”
“Our offensive against the Maoists is going on and we are determined for ensuring free, fair and safe election in Panki on Monday,” he said.
The security forces had on May 3 last busted three Maoists’ bunkers before seizing another haul of explosives six days later from the same region.