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Hand-held thermal imager found at Naxal hideout

Security forces have recovered a hand-held thermal imager -- used by troops for night surveillance purposes -- from a Naxal hideout here.

Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 14:18 PM IST

Ranchi: Security forces have recovered a
hand-held thermal imager -- used by troops for night
surveillance purposes -- from a Naxal hideout here.

According to sources, a squad of CRPF personnel raided
a Maoist hideout in Gayaraja forests of the district
Tuesday and recovered the surveillance device along with a
10 kg can bomb, two armour plates used in bullet proof
jackets, few compact discs, black uniforms and 500 metres of
electric wire.

Senior officials of state police and CRPF are trying
to ascertain as to how this device could have reached the
Naxals.

A hand-held thermal imager is used to spot human
movement in the dark and it works by emitting infra red
radiation which picks up body heat to send the image back into
the camera.

Security personnel in Naxal zones and Army soldiers
along the Indian borders also use this device to spot
infiltrators and check the movement along the border fence.

PTI