Maoists planning to use remote-controlled IEDs

 

Malkangiri: Security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada have seized booklets from Maoist camps with instructions on planting remote-controlled IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) to target jawans patrolling especially on motorcycles.

“We have seized booklets with instructions on how blasts are executed with remote controls,” Inspector General of Bastar, Vivekanand Sinha said.

According to sources, Maoists are planning to target security forces in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

However, senior police officials have said that using remote-controlled IEDs to execute blasts is not a new strategy adopted by the left-wing extremists.

“Maoists use radio frequency to execute IED blasts. Such techniques are already in use. In last one and a half years, we have managed to put them on back foot,” he added.

Similarly, former Director General of Odisha Police, Sanjeeb Marik said, “Maoists have been using remote controlled-IEDs to execute blasts. To prevent them from executing such operations jawans should remain alert.”

Earlier, such blasts have been carried out in Andhra Pradesh which had resulted is severe losses to lives and property. Based on the past “success”, a decision has been taken at the top level of the Maoist organisation to use IEDs more often, sources said.

 

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