The findings of the teams from the Institute of IED Management of the CRPF at Talegaon near Pune show that the Maoist are using a type of misleading IED (Improvised Explosive Device) to sabotage elections in Chhattisgarh. The findings show that the Maoists are using IEDs instead of direct confrontations.
The first phase of Chhattisgarh elections that got over on Monday covered six districts worst effected by the Left Wing Extremism. Two teams from the Institute IED Management (IIM) were in Chhattisgarh before the elections and have studied the IEDs and explosives that were recovered during several raids.
Commandant Mohammed Jamal Khan,principal of the IIM told Newsline,A different kind of IED,which is kind of a booby-trap,is being used by the Maoists. They keep a wire protruding out of the ground and an impression is created that the IED is somewhere nearby connected to this wire. But the real IED is somewhere in the way. Such IEDs have been recovered from the Jagargunda Chintalnar road,which had the major Maoist attack in the recent past in May.
Commandant Khan said,Maoist are using IEDs instead of the direct confrontation. They have lost a lot leaders and there hasnt been enough recruitment. So this is the method they are opting for now. Hundreds of kilograms of explosive materials recovered from this belt prove this.
The IIM teams have helped other security forced like BSF,ITBP,the Chhattisgarh state police who are deployed in the state during the elections. We have also given directive to these forces about another strategy. There is a possibility of an attack in which security forces are intercepted by light firing,which will prompt them to take hiding in nearby bushes. There is possibility that these places are rigged, said an officer with the institute.