The South Zone task force police today seized a huge consignment of explosive detonators in Hyderabad's Falaknuma area.
In a joint operation with the Karimnagar Police, the task force carried out a search operation in the Old City, and found several manufacturing units producing detonating materials. During the search, 1,000 kgs of detonators were also seized from the units.
The operation was carried out after a man, who was arrested in Karimnagar for his "suspicious movements", provided the police with information regarding the matter.
The police reportedly believe that the illegally-made explosives are being supplied to the state's Maoist-hit areas.
The troubling discovery signals that Telangana's struggle against the burgeoning Maoist movement in the state is far from over.
In fact, just two days before the raid in the Old City (February 23), seven members associated with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), reportedly wanted for their involvement in 18 criminal cases, were arrested in Mulugu district. They were also found to be in possession of explosive materials including nine crude land mines and detonators.
The news is likely to bring back memories of the ghastly 2013 Dilsukhnagar bomb blasts that had claimed the lives of 18 people and left more than 100 injured. This is especially so since the Anti-Terrorism Forum, the families of the deceased and many other citizens paid their tributes to the victims on the eighth anniversary of the incident
just days ago.