Ranchi, May 27 (IANS) Large quantities of explosives, hand grenades and live cartridges were recovered on Friday during a search operation in Maoist-affected Latehar district of Jharkhand, a police official said.
“In a joint operation of the state police and para-military forces, 250 hand grenades, 183 live cartridges, 300 gelatin sticks, other explosives and 577 pieces of iron pipes were recovered from Dori Pundara jungle of Latehar,” the police official told IANS.
Since January this year, the state police have been carrying out search operations in the Maoist-affected districts with the support of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The search operations have so far yielded eight police weapons that were snatched by the Maoists, five regular weapons, 99 country-made weapons, 1,721 detonators, 95 landmines, and 2,200 kg explosives.
Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state.