Maoists Used Fox­hole Tun­nel to Plant IED in Dan­te­wada: CRPF DG

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The pow­er­ful IED ex­plo­sion that killed seven CRPF men in Dan­te­wada on Wed­nes­day was planted af­ter dig­ging a “fox­hole tun­nel” near a culvert to plant 45 kilo­gramme of ex­plo­sive be­neath the con­crete black top road, said CRPF DG K Durga Prasad. The ex­plo­sion was trig­gered from 94-me­tres away through wires caus­ing the Tata 407 ve­hi­cle to split into three pieces. Prasad, who came back to New Delhi, af­ter a visit to the am­bush spot on Thurs­day said: “The team of Nax­als fired on the bod­ies of the slain jawans when they came near the site to loot the weapons. The wire used for caus­ing the ex­plo­sion seems to have been freshly laid. We have sent the elec­tric wire used to det­o­nate the ex­plo­sives for foren­sic tests. There are also strong chances that some lo­cals tipped them about the move­ment of the CRPF ve­hi­cle.”

Prasad told ET that the con­voy, which was at­tacked by the Nax­als, was trav­el­ling to de­liver a cooler for an ail­ing snif­fer dog in Dan­te­wada and a court of in­quiry has been or­dered to study any pos­si­ble lapses and re­vise the SoPs if re­quired. Ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Nax­als have now de­vised a new strat­egy where they dig a fox­hole tun­nel near a culvert and plant ex­plo­sive be-

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IEDs Re­cov­ered

Ex­plo­sive Seized

No. of IED Blasts Prasad. They have seized nine IED con­nected with cord­tex at a forested patch in Ra­jpeta near Bi­japur, Prasad added.

The CPRF chief also said that it is due to the para­mil­i­tary and state police’s con­stant crack­down on the ul­tras that they are now tar­get­ing the se­cu­rity forces in new ar­eas.

While there has been de­cline in Naxal ac­tiv­i­ties in states like Jhark­hand and Odisha, Ch­hat­tis­garh still re­mains a hot­bed of Maoist ac­tion as the out­fit re­cently ob­served Tac­ti­cal Counter Of­fen­sive Cam­paign (TCOC) be­tween March 23-29 where they aimed to tar­get se­cu­rity forces and es­tab­lish­ment by prac­tis­ing at­tacks and blasts strate­gies.

TIPPED BY LO­CALS?

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