Security forces on Saturday recovered two powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs), weighing 30 kg each, planted by Naxals, in Maoist violence-hit Dantewada district (Chhattisgarh, India), police said.
The IEDs were planted close to a culvert on Metapal-Katekalyan village road to target security forces or VIPs moving during the recently concluded Dantewada by-polls, Superintendent of Police (SP) Dantewada Abhishek Pallava said.
“We had specific intelligence that IED was planted on Dantewada -Katekalyan road, since then de-mining operation was being carried out on the route to trace the explosive,” he said.
Several leaders including by-poll candidates, ministers and ex-ministers moved to Katekalyan via this route during election campaign and police had deployed adequate Road Opening Parties (ROPs) to provide them security which probably averted a major tragedy, he said.
Source: The Pioneer