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Another haul of explosives in Andhra Pradesh
3 bags of gelatin sticks seized

Hyderabad, September 9
A day after a major arms haul, the Andhra Pradesh police today seized another consignment of explosives from a transport company’s godown in Anantapur district reportedly meant to be supplied to the Maoists.

Three bags full of gelatin sticks were seized from Kranti Transport Company’s godown at Puttaparthi, the police said.

The explosives were seized during state-wide raids conducted by the police on the office and warehouses of Kranti and other transport companies.

The police also arrested one Venkatrami Reddy to whom the parcel was sent from Chityala in Nalgonda district.

The police had yesterday seized 875 rocket shells, 27 rocket launchers and other ammunition at two separate places in Mahaboobnagar and Prakasam district.

Meanwhile, the police in Guntur district launched a hunt for two persons who had allegedly received a consignment of rocket shells and launchers about two months ago.

During investigations launched after yesterday’s sensational seizures, the police found that two parcels containing the arms were delivered to them in Macherla in Guntur through Kranti Transport Company.

A person, who identified himself as Rami Reddy, sent the consignment from Nellore district. He told the transport company that the bags contained electrical equipment. The consignments sent to one V.S. Reddy were received several days later on his behalf by another person who identified himself as Aslam. The police suspected that the rocket shells, launchers and other arms could have already reached Naxalite hide-outs.

With today’s recovery, the police possibly foiled Maoists’ plan to attack police stations and VIPs in five districts surrounding Nallamala forests, sources said. — PTI



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