Setback for rebel Misir Besra
Jamshedpur, Feb 16: Security forces recovered an improvised explosive device (IED) from the Naxals- infested Kolhan forest. The motive was to harm the paramilitary forces, the IED was planted near Meralgeda village in the dense Kolhan forest under the Goelkera police station area. The recovery has given a jolt to one of the top Naxal leaders Misir Besra who is hiding inside the forest cover.
A bomb disposal squad of the CRPF destroyed the explosive device soon after it was detected by the paramilitary forces.
A major incident of an IED blast was averted by the timely input and action by West Singhbhum Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 60 battalion. The security forces involved in the search operation West Singhbhum. The jawans of CRPF’s 60 battalion and district police recovered the improvised explosive device (IED) during patrolling. Later on, the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) diffused the bomb.
” Timely intervention has helped us to defuse the bombs. The Maoists wanted to trigger a major blast. During the patrolling the security personnel recovered the bombs. We immediately pressed an anti-bomb disposal squad on service and the bombs were defused,” said an official.
Sources informed that a sudden rise in the Maoists activities have let the forces intensify the patrolling. Following the incident the police have launched combing operations in the naxal-infested areas of West Sighbhum.
In the last few days an anti insurgency operation in Kolhan has been intensified following intelligence reports that suggest rebels are camping in the pockets. The administration has increased police patrolling on the bordering areas connecting to West Bengal and has also deployed adequate numbers of paramilitary personnel on areas potential to rebel attack.
The detection of the IED is a major win for the paramilitary forces which had penetrated into the jungle periphery which is filled with IEDs planted by the rebels.
As many as 15 jawans have already sustained injuries, some of them seriously in the IED blasts ever since the police and paramilitary forces launched an operation to flush out the Naxals from the Kolhan and adjoining Porahat forest divisions.
West Singhbhum superintendent of police, Ashutosh Shekhar said the anti-insurgency operation is on and the Naxals hiding in the dense forest would be wiped soon.
Remarkably, the West Singhbhum administration revised its security measures after district vigilance department reported possible intruding of the rebels into the district in the wake of massive search operation launched by the Bengal police to track down the banned red army guerrillas
Along with the police a quick response team of the CRPF with an anti landmine vehicle has been put on duty jointly with the district police.
In the last few days anti insurgency operation in the West Singhbhum has been intensified following intelligence reports that suggest rebels are camping in the pockets.
The administration has increased police patrolling on the bordering areas connecting to West Bengal and has also deployed an adequate number of paramilitary personnel on areas potential to rebels attack.