Saturday, 30 August 2014 05:45
Hand grenades and land mines found in India’s Pacha Talamalai reserve forest near Puliyur in Mettur taluk earlier this week belong to the LTTE, Salem police said, stating that the explosives were imprinted with the LTTE logo.
“We have seized more than 100 hand-grenades and landmines,” a senior officer told Times of India. He said that all the shells were unused and could be exploded if filled with gun powder.
The officials also unearthed empty shells of hand grenades and landmine shells on Wednesday morning.
Earlier the police officials suspected that the seized materials might have been buried by LTTE members or forest brigand Veerappan’s gang several years ago. “Now we have checked all the empty shells and found ‘LTTE’ imprinted on them,” the official said. LTTE members who took arms training in Puliyur village in 1983 might have left them, police added.
Salem district superintendent of police R. Sakthivel said that they sent a few samples to Chennai for forensic verification. “Though the shells were imprinted with ‘LTTE’ letters, we were not sure when those shells were manufactured. We have sent a few shells to identify their manufacturing years,” he said. He said that they had handed over all the shells and other materials to judicial custody.