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AK-47 and explosives seized in West Bengal

Kolkata: The police has recovered an AK-47 rifle and 50 rounds of 8mm cartridges and 61 gelatine sticks from an abandoned house from Kanyabali village in West Bengal’s Medinapore district. This followed information provided by two suspected Maoists who were arrested from a Trinamool Congress run relief camp.

The AK-47 rifle had ‘PLGA’ (The People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) and ‘EFR’ (Eastern Frontier Rifles) markings on it. It is believed that this might be one of the fire arms looted by the Maoists from the Sealda armoury after the massacre of 24 EFR jawans on 15 February 2010. According to Surjit Kar Purkayastha, Additional Director General (Law and Order), “The arms and ammunitions were found when the security forces raided various places at Kanyabali and Lakhanpur villages on the basis of the information received during the interrogation of Asim Mahto and Amiyo Mahto.

Investigations are still on to examine if the duo was involved in Silda incident.” The two were produced before Midnapore’s Chief Judicial Magistrate and remanded in police custody for five days.” The chief minister has apprised the union home minister about arrests from the Trinamool Congress camp.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 19

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