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`Explosive' revelations from Maoist documents

By S. Harpal Singh

ADILABAD, FEB. 4. Alarm bells have started ringing after the encounter at Shivaram village on Thursday in which three naxalites were killed.

Documents recovered from the scene reveal the intention of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) to manufacture landmines and general locations of gelatin dumps. The last time a landmine was used by naxalites was on November 1, 2002, on the approach road to Jodeghat killing a civilian.

The documents in the shape of jottings in notebooks disclose that the naxalites were planning to launch `operations' in the Bellampalli area, which is one of the important mining areas of Singareni. The slain extremists were district committee members (DCM) of the Singareni Karmika Samakhya (Sikasa), a trade union and front organisation of the Maoists.

The documents list sources from where the Maoists propose to purchase Class III explosives (gelatin sticks). It is being ascertained whether there are huge dumps of the banned explosive substances in the area.

The documents also list the names of targets of extortion and elimination, mostly in the eastern parts of the district.

The class III, division I explosive, which has a shelf life of about three years, is much in demand compared to the legal Class II which is less `explosive' and has a shelf life of three months. The former was banned on April 1, 2004. The police have learnt that black marketeers and some Sikasa members have got hold of a large quantity of gelatin.

There are only two dealers of explosives in Adilabad district. The neighbouring Karimnagar is one place where explosives are available comparatively easily.

The Adilabad Superintendent of Police, Kripa Nand Tripathi Ujela, has warned that stern action will be taken against those trying to sell the banned explosive.

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