Jamshedpur, Aug 11: A plot to target security forces was foiled after recovery of five IEDs planted by banned CPI (Maoists) from a jungle in Naxal-hit West Singhbhum district.
Acting on a tip-off, the district police and CRPF 60 battalion personnel launched a massive search operation and recovered the explosives. According to information, each IED weighs two kg. It was planted in the forest near Surbura Jharjhara New Market.
Soon after the recovery of the explosives, a bomb disposal squad of CRPF rushed to the spot. Police said an FIR has been registered in this regard. The explosives were immediately defused by the security personnel.
Meanwhile, police and paramilitary forces have launched an intensified anti-insurgency operation recently in West Singhbhum.
“We are taking hard steps to flush out Naxals. Earlier we had concentrated our anti-insurgency operation at Chaibasa forest areas where a series of Naxal violence had taken place. We have also started focusing on the Tiruldih, Ichagarh, Khukru and Nimdih police station areas in Chandil sub-division,” said an official.
Sources informed that the mobility of the police has prevented the extremists from carrying out any violent activity in the past few days in the entire Kolhan but recent violence have brought the forces on their toes. All the police stations in the three districts of the division including East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharsawan have been asked to beef up the security and keep a vigil at the bordering areas.
West Singhbhum has emerged as the hot bed of Naxal violence with the banned outfit CPI (Maoist) increasing its activities. Sources informed that apart from wall painting and waging poster campaigns to trigger blasts, the ultras have made their presence felt to the security forces involved in nailing the outfit.