Arms haul hints at red route shift
Bokaro, Nov. 27: A team of security personnel recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including hand grenades, detonators, gelatin sticks, binoculars and Naxalite literature, early this morning from the the Lugu Pahadi region of Bokaro barely 16 km from Purulia in Bengal.
The incident gives a clear indication of the movement of the Maoists towards the Bengal border, contradicting the trajectory towards the Parasnath (Giridih) and Bihar zone that was charted out in a confidential intelligence report submitted to the home ministry.
Bengal, it is believed, provides the outlawed rebels a safer gateway to Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, particularly in the face of the increasing security glare in the Jhumra hills, once considered a red bastion and the breeding ground of top Maoist leaders.
According to sources, the security team, acted on a tip-off provided by three informers and launched a raid in the region.
However, the team failed to arrest any of the Naxalites, who, it was apparent, had run away after being intimated of the hunt.