Berhampur, April 5 (LocalWire): Police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Bhaliagada forest under Mohana police station limits in Gajapati district on Friday.
Police suspect it to be a part of the cache looted by Maoists from the armoury in Nayagarh district 11 years ago.
Police while patrolling the Malasapadara area for election purpose got a tip off and rushed to the forest to identify the dumping spot.
After a thorough search, they located the site and recovered the arms and live ammunition, SP, Gajapati, Sarah Sharma said.
One 5.56 INSAS rifle with butt no PTS-91, one INSAS magazine, one AK-47 magazine, three SLR magazine, 44 live ammunition, 13 SLR ammunition, 29 AK-47 ammunition totalling to 86 live ammunition have been recovered from the dumping site, she said.
The SP said the INSAS rifle which was recovered from the dumping site was suspected to be looted from the Nayagarh armory by the Maoists during their attack in 2008. ‘We are trying to verify it,’ she said.
The left-wing ultras had looted arms and ammunition from the Nayagarh armoury after attacking the police station and killing as many as 11 police personnel.
Sharma suspects the Maoists might have dumped the arms and ammunition in the forest, when they were active in the area.
In the last week, police recovered a country-made gun, which was dumped in Adava area in the same district. In another incident, police along with the CRPF seized two unlicensed SBML guns with gun powder and lead bullets from two persons in Betingia village and arrested them, she said.