Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: The unearthing of two powerful landmines by the special party police on the frequently commuted stretch of road from Kolluru to Chityala in Bellamkonda mandal has once again brought to the fore the lurking danger from the Maoists and their striking prowess.

Senior police officials on Thursday said that the two landmines, each weighing about 20 kg, had been planted to inflict maximum damage and they had the potential to blow apart a bus or a van.

Combing operations

The landmines were unearthed on Wednesday by the ial party police while combing the area, based on information elicited by the police from the recently arrested Maoists. “We have information that the landmines are planted by militants belonging to Krishnapatti Dalam and were planted targeting either the public representatives or the police parties travelling on the road enroute Chityala,” said a senior police official in charge of Maoist operations.

The road was being used by police parties for combing operations and was one of the frequently commuted roads in Pedakurapadu Assembly segment. The unearthing of landmines, days after the police uncovered a huge cache of arms in Veldurthy and Bandlamudi mandals had reiterated that Maoists were not down and out.

The landmines were so sensitive that even a thunder was sufficient to trigger them, said the senior police official. Following the unearthing of landmines, police issued a high alert notice to the public representatives and intensified searches on the road and other pockets in the district. Senior police officials had asserted that they would intensify searches in various Maoist strongholds .