A powerful pressure improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Naxals was found in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district on Wednesday, the police said. A team of the Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) 74th battalion unearthed the IED in Chintalnar police station’s jurisdiction while carrying out a road security operation, an official said.
The security personnel had launched the operation from their camp in Burkapala towards Mukram Nullah, located around 450 km from here. They spotted the pressure bomb hidden along the roadside at around 12.05 p.m., he said.
The explosive, weighing around 5 kg, was immediately destroyed by the bomb disposal squad, the official said. He added that the explosive device was possibly meant to harm security personnel during their operations.
Authorities have increased security measures across the insurgency-hit areas of the State, particularity in the Bastar division, in view of the Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) week being observed by Maoists from December 2 to 8.
During this period, Maoists can aggravate their activities, officials said.
Of the 27 districts in Chhattisgarh, 16 are Naxal-hit in varying degrees, with significant consolidation in the southern part of the State, bordering Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. — PTI
A team of CRPF officials unearthed the explosive while carrying out a road security operation