Ranchi, Jan. 31: Security personnel this evening seized 314kg of explosives in Tamar, 70km from the capital, averting a major catastrophe in the state's power centre.
Jawans of 209 COBRA and Jharkhand Jaguar, based on a tip-off, raided Kumarburu hillock near village Paramdih to recover the haul stashed underground.
Commandant Puran Singh said the explosives were kept in 2,511 small cylinders, storing 100gm or 150gm in each.
Chaibasa operational range DIG (CRPF) Ashok Samyal confirmed the recovery, adding: "Rebels planned to conduct a huge explosion by connecting all 2,511 cylinders in a series with detonators."
A police officer added that the explosives were arranged in a series, suggesting Maoists planned a rerun of the Lohardaga landmine tragedy of May 2011 in Dhardharia forest, that killed 11 security personnel.
It is not clear who tipped off security personnel about the explosives, though there is speculation that the Maoist who was arrested in Rahe may have spilled the beans.