Gadchiroli: A team of CRPF and district police officers were stranded in a remote village for four days due to heavy rains and floods, but utilised the time to meet the locals and hear their grievances.
The team, which included Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Mohd Suvez Haque, set out on a tour of Naxal-affected Bhamragad village on September 3.
They had to stay put in the village till September 6 due to floods in Perlkota river flowing adjoining Bhamragad and heavy downpour.
It was only after the water level in Perlkota receded that these officers could reach district headquarters here Thursday evening.
Talking here Friday morning, Haque said the team members utilised the time at hand to meet villagers and also police personnel posted in the area.
"We spoke to people and our staff and heard their grievances. The local people were very nice to us."
The team also undertook anti-Naxal drive in the area along with their Chhattisgarh counterparts.
It was during this tour that Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) of the district police found a powerful IED near a nullah in the Laheri forest. The IED was defused, police sources said.