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Old landmines unearthed in Chittoor

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Landmines in tiffin boxes capable of causing high and low intensity blasts

Bomb disposal squad digging out landmines at Yellamanda in Yerravaripalem mandal of Chittoor district on Wednesday.— Photo: By Arrangement
Bomb disposal squad digging out landmines at Yellamanda in Yerravaripalem mandal of Chittoor district on Wednesday.— Photo: By Arrangement

The unearthing of a couple of old landmines in a forest fringe village in Chittoor district created flutters on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off from an informant, the policemen rushed to Dunnevaripalle in Appireddygaripalle panchayat in Yerravaripalem mandal and dug out a couple of landmines stuffed in tiffin boxes. Madanapalle Deputy Superintendent of Police Vijayaraghava Reddy and Piler Circle Inspector Parthasarathy found copper wires and electric detonators in the two steel cans, each weighing 6 kg. Each of the two cans contained gelatin sticks capable of causing a high intensity explosion and electric detonators for a low intensity blast. Bomb disposal squads from Chittoor were rushed to the spot to safely remove the cans, which were shifted to Piler police station.

The incident sent officials into a tizzy as the spot borders the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s Piler constituency and the Mines and Geology Minister Galla Aruna Kumari’s Chandragiri segment. This apart, it is in the vicinity that the Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh and Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy are scheduled to visit this Sunday to launch the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme in the district. “There is no link to the visit, as the mines could have been planted somewhere in 2006-07,” SP (Chittoor) Kanthi Rana Tata told The Hindu .

The fact, however, is that the spot is just 4 km from Yellamanda lying along the dense Seshachalam forests spread across the contiguous Kadapa district and the entire area used to be a Maoist hotbed in the past. Sources indicated that the information could have been leaked out by a surrendered naxalite.

The department is waiting for experts to arrive here to determine the technical details of the landmines.

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