Three powerful Improvised Explosive Devices, weighing five kilograms each, planted by naxals were recovered by security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said today. The explosives (IEDs) were unearthed last night by a team of 227th battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) under Tongpal police station limits while they were out on patrolling, a police official told PTI. Security forces had launched an operation on Tongpal-Kasiras road, around 400 kms away from here.
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Meanwhile, they spotted a suspicious wire connection and later discovered three IEDs, placed in steel containers, hidden beneath the earth in the forest pocket on a roadside, he said.
Besides, 16 meter electric wire, a detonator and five gelatin rods were also recovered from the spot, he added.
The explosives were immediately destroyed by the bomb disposal squad, the official said, adding that it was meant to harm security personnel during their operations in the area.
Notably, another five kg pressure bomb was recovered yesterday from Chintalnar police station area of Sukma by CRPF.
In the view of Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week being observed by Maoists from December 2-8, security was heightened across the insurgency-hit areas of Chhattisgarh, particularly in Bastar division as during this period, Maoists activities rise.
Sixteen of 27 districts in Chhattisgarh are Naxal-hit in varying degrees, with significant consolidation in southern part of the state bordering AP, Maharashtra and Odisha.