Orissa police find more arms looted by Maoists

February 22nd, 2008 - 5:37 pm ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, Feb 22 (IANS) Security forces in Orissa Friday found more of the arms and ammunition looted by Maoists when they raided a police armoury last week and killed 15 people. The arms and ammunition were found in Gosma forest, located on the border of Kandhamal and Ganjam districts.

The rebels had taken shelter in this forest after looting the armoury last Friday night in the district of Nayagarh, nearly 85 km from Bhubaneswar.

Earlier, security forces had found 115 rifles and about half-a-truckload of ammunition in the same area, a top state police official told IANS.

On Friday, police found at least six Insas rifles, 120 .303 rifles and 20,000 rounds of ammunition, the official said on condition of anonymity.

More than 1,500 policemen and personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Special Operations Group and the Greyhound Squad are continuing their combing operation in the area as well in the neighbouring districts, he said.

The government had earlier claimed that at least three security personnel and 20 Maoist guerrillas were killed in a fierce gun battle in the Gosma forests.

While the bodies of the security personnel have been recovered, the police said the bodies of the rebels have not yet been traced. Their comrades might have taken the bodies away, the officer said.

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