Seventy per cent of ammunition recovered

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Bhubaneswar, Feb 22 (UNI) More than 70 per cent of the ammunition and sixty per cent of the weapon, looted by the Naxals from the armoury in Nayagarh, have been recovered by police, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told the Assembly today.

Making a statement in the House, the Chief Minister said a large haul of looted weapons, including 303 rifles, INSAF rifles, one short machine gun and some ammunition, had been recovered by police.

Mr Patnaik said on February 18, the Special Operation Group(SOG), the Grayhound, the CRPF had seized uhge arms and ammunition, left behind by the Naxals near Gosama.

Together they constituted more than sixty per cent of the weapon and seventy per cent of the ammunition, looted by the Naxals, the Chief Minister said.

Mr Patnaik said the SOG, CRPF and the Grayhound had formed different groups and mounted extensive search and anti-naxal operation in Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada and Kandhamal districts.

Forest personnel, dog squads, bomb disposal and detection units had been pressed into service, he said.

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