German made rifle recovered from Maoists

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2018 11:03:27


Our Correspondent,


BASTAR Range police claim to have recovered, for the first time, a German made rifle from Maoists during post-encounter search at village Putpali under Kishtaram police station limits.
Confirming about recovery of the German Heckler and Koch (HK) G-3 rifle, Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena said a joint squad of Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Guard (DRG) had a face-off with Naxals at forest-dominated Putpali under Kishtaram police station limits on May 3.

During post-encounter search, a huge cache of weapons including AK-47 rifle and Barrel Grenade Launcher (BGL) were recovered from Naxals. Besides, one G-3 rifle made in Germany was also recovered, said Meena, adding that two Naxals were eliminated in the encounter.
The SP informed that investigations are on to ascertain whether rifle was looted from any individual or from security forces. The rifle is used in Burma and other North-east countries, he claimed.

Meanwhile, Dantewada Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Sunderraj P said that the matter had been taken seriously and police were trying to match unique ID of weapon with available database so as to ascertain whether rifle was looted from security forces. “We are investigating the antecedents of the weapon to find out how the Naxals had got their hands on it”, said DIG, adding that things would be got clear very soon.

According to police sources, so far only country-made weapons had been recovered from
Naxals. Now, recovery of foreign made weapon has forced police to think about working strategy of the Naxals.