‘Dumps’ still surface, latest one being recently
Everytime an old naxalite ‘dump’ is found in the forests under the Utnoor police sub-division limits, the latest being a few days back, importance of the place in the extremists’ scheme of things gets reiterated. As many as 34 caches have been found here since 1996, the heydays of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War Group (PWG), which is perhaps the highest number of such finds from a single stretch of extremists’ hotbed.
The PWG, which later merged with other CPI (ML) brand outlawed outfits, had established an arms production unit in the ‘safe’ confines of these forests in 2001-02. A vigilant police however, had uncovered it before the unit got fully operational.
“The production unit was a full-fledged workshop meant to produce guns and grenades. The retreating naxals had hidden much of the components of this arms workshop at different places in the jungles”, recalls a former District Committee Member of the PWG, though he was not directly associated with the production unit.
Adilabad police, then led by Superintendent of Police Mahesh M. Bhagwat, had tellingly inflicted a blow on the extremists by seizing a consignment of machine parts and spares destined for the production unit through the Indervelli local guerrilla squad (LGS).
The seizure included drills for boring barrels of weapons, including the .303 rifle and 9 mm carbine and sten guns. There were components for making ammunition for these guns too.
“I will not be surprised if the police eventually finds the lathe machine that was set up in these parts”, says the ex-naxal.
“Many of the caches can be found near Gangapur, Allampalli, Addala Timmapur, Waipet and Rajulamadugu villages in the Indervelli LGS territory as these have not been ‘marked’ properly by the withdrawing extremists”, he adds of the tumultuous times.
Meanwhile, extremely hopeful treasure trove hunters are scurrying towards given locations expecting to locate the currency caches rumoured to have been stashed away by the naxal dalams on the run.
“Their chances are bleak as extremists are not known to leave such treasures buried for more than six months”, points out the surrendered extremist when faced with the question.
As many as 34 arms caches have been found here since 1996, the heydays of PWG It is perhaps the highest number of such finds from a single stretch of extremists’ hotbed
As many as 34 arms caches have been found here since 1996, the heydays of PWG
It is perhaps the highest number of such finds from a single stretch of extremists’ hotbed