Kolkata: Speeding up the anti-Maoist drive in Jangalmahal, the joint security forces on Wednesday conducted raids in Purulia, Bankuda and West Midnapore districts and seized a huge cache of arms and explosives. After the failure of peace initiatives, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in the state has intensified the campaigns against the Maoists in Jangalmahal.

According to the police sources, the search operations were carried following the interrogation of Asit Mahato, Convener of People`s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA). Mahto is prime accused in Jnaneswari Express train disaster.

Two Insas rifles, 100 rounds of AK47 and Insas rifle ammunition, 60 kg of explosive materials, mines, gelatine sticks and fuse wire were seized from the regions, sources said.