New Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) Security agencies today seized 4,000 kg of gelatin explosives from a naxal hideout in Jharkhand, a senior official said.

The seizure was made by the National Investigation Agency with assistance from the CRPF and the state police.

The cache was seized in pursuance of a criminal case being probed by the NIA in which recoveries were made on May 29, the official said.

That day, the same team had unearthed an arms and ammunition dump of Maoists in the ‘Lugu Pahar’ jungle area of Bokaro district and seized 15 weapons and more than 260 rounds of bullet.

The action pertains to the NIA registering a criminal case in March after taking over the probe from the state police and filing an FIR under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Arms Act after the Jharkhand Police arrested 15 naxals from Giridih district with arms, ammunition, 60 ATM cards, bank documents and 1,125 Aadhaar cards.

The tip-off about the naxals’ dump was provided by one of the arrested naxals in the case – Mahavir Manjhi alias Charlees – during interrogation by the NIA.

Manjhi is a zonal member of the North Chota Nagpur Zonal Committee of the Maoists.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.