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Police officials had recovered five claymore mines from the same spot in Malappuram a week ago during a search operation.
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A Special Investigative Team (SIT) on Thursday recovered 450 live bullets, 45 empty bullet cases and six pulse generator connectors from under Kuttipuram bridge in Malappuram.

The recovery comes days after police officials found five claymore mines from the same spot on January 5 this year.

Kuttipuram SI told TNM that the bullets and other materials were found during a search operation conducted by the local police officials in the area.

“On January 5, 2017, we received information of mines being planted under the Kuttipuram Bridge. We quickly conducted an investigation and recovered them from the spot. Later, it was discovered that the mines belonged to a category named Claymore mines”, said Nipul SI, Kuttipuram station.

“We had planned to conduct further search operations at the spot and the bullets were discovered on Thursday during investigation. We will have a detailed meeting with the DSP Ullas Kumar and further steps to be taken immediately will be discussed”, added Nipul.

Police officials have shifted the recovered items to the police camp in Malappuram.

Many senior police officers including IG Ajith Kumar, visited the spot where the bullets and other materials were found.

“The recovered bullets are used in self-loading rifles (SLR) and light machine guns (LMGs). We have also recovered two tube launchers. They were mostly in an abandoned state and most materials are identified to be various parts of guns and other such machines”, added Nipul.

Meanwhile, police officials have now confirmed that the weapons were transported from Maharashtra.

“The weapons found under the Kuttipuram bridge were transported from an ordnance factory in Chandpur, Maharashtra. Further investigation is progressing”, said Nipul, SI Kuttipuram station.

A special squad consisting of an investigative team, has been formed to look into the matter.

DSP Ullas Kumar, who is part of the SIT, held a meeting with police officials on Friday to discuss further steps to be taken in the case.