IEDs weighing over 300 kgs recovered from Naxal areas

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 17:38

Raipur: Security forces have seized improvised
explosive devices weighing over 300 kgs from various Naxal-
affected states since last week as they conducted an operation
for recovery of the deadly agent, which had been responsible
for 60 per cent of the deaths of troops in these areas.

The Maoists have targeted police and paramilitary convoys
and patrol parties with hidden IEDs wreaking havoc on their
operations, after which forces like CRPF and others have put
special emphasis on the recovery of these explosives.

"Almost 326 kgs of IEDs have been recovered by our
anti-sabotage teams in the last nine days from May 31. The
forces in Naxal-affected areas are undertaking special combing
exercises and booby trap checks," a senior CRPF officer said.

A special squad of the CRPF today recovered a 10-kilogram
IED from near Tunggi Nallah area of Bijapur district in
Chhattisgarh, the officer said.

Out of the total operational casualty of security
personnel, 60 per cent can be attributed to IED blasts, he
said.

Security forces have been facing a severe challenge as
whether they were travelling on vehicles or on foot, they have
been trapped and ambushed by cleverly-hidden IEDs, sometimes
even under metalled roads.

"We have instructed all the security forces like CRPF,
BSF, ITBP and state police squads to absolutely shun their
vehicles during operations. But sometimes they have been found
violating the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) resulting
in huge casualties," the officer said.

A special crack operation is being undertaken to detect
and defuse IEDs, he added.

On May 17, 15 civilians and 16 Special Police Officers
were killed when Naxals blew up a civilian bus in Dantewada
district of the state aided by an IED explosion.

An IED is a deadly explosive put together by combining
chemicals, detonators and sharpnels to inflict maximum
casualty.

The IEDs, once detected and defused, are handed over to
the local police.

Almost 59,000 personnel (59 battalions) of central
security forces are undertaking anti-Naxal operations in
various states of the country like Orrisa, Jharkhand, West
Bengal and others.

On June 5, CRPF personnel recovered five IEDs, four of
them weighing 60-kg each, hidden by Naxals in a forest area
near Ranchi.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 17:38

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