Based on a tip provided by a surrendered naxal, security forces on Sunday recovered a powerful 40-kg improvised explosive device (IED), planted by Maoists eight years back in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district on National Highway 63, police said. The input was provided by a surrendered naxal, the explosive that was packed in a big steel container, was unearthed from Bastanar valley under Kodenar police station limits of the district, Bastar Superintendent of Police R N Dash said.
Cadre Ramesh, who recently surrendered in Narayanpur district, during interrogation revealed that a powerful landmine was planted around 1.5 km away from Bastanar Chowk towards Geedam on the highway that connects Jagdalpur to Dantewada and Bijapur district headquarters, he said. Following up on Ramesh’s tip, a team of local police along with Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) recovered the explosive from the Bastanar valley, the SP informed the media.
“The IED was planted in 2008 when the road was single-lane and kuchha before the construction.” said Dash. Highlighting the danger of the situation, Dash added, “A major incident was averted after the detection as it was a live explosive.” The SP also said that the recovery was a “major success” along with adding that the IED explosive was immediately neutralised by the BDS.