Nawada: Security forces today recovered a large quantity of explosive materials following an encounter with Maoists in Mahuar forest in Bihar's Nawada district, police said.
The encounter between the Maoists and the security forces went on for an hour during which several rounds were fired, the SP said, adding that there was however no casualty on either side.
The explosive materials included fuse wire and rods used for processing landmines and IEDs, iron rods, etc, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Manavjit Singh Dhillon said.
A bomb disposal squad has been sent from the district headquarters to find out the details of the explosive materials seized from Mahuar forests left behind by the Maoists, he said.
Dhillon said the district police was tipped off about the entry of about 300 armed Maoists from Giridih and Jamui regions into Nawada three days ago where they had put up posters warning the local people against casting their votes in the general elections.
Polls will be held in Nawada in the first phase on April 10.
In view of the stepped-up Maoists activities in Nawada district in the recent days, elaborate measures have been taken to ensure a free and fair polls and declared as many as 144 polling booths as sensitive and deployed paramilitary forces at all these places, the SP said.