Dozens of technical and explosives ‘experts’ among Maoist ranks have sneaked into Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh with a view to step up attacks against the police and paramilitary.
Bastar Inspector General of Police TJ Longkumer said on Friday, “Security forces have been put on high alert in view of the Central investigative agencies inputs. Andhra Pradesh-based top Maoists are now sneaking into Bijapur district with a purpose to carry out attacks on police and paramilitary forces.”
Bijapur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal said, “Maoists are now playing a psychological game against security forces. To curb movement, they are planting internal areas of the district, especially roads, often with fake improvised explosive devices (IEDs) filled with soil, just to test the nerves of security forces fighting against them.”
On August 22, for instance, jawans of the 85th Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force, while on an area domination march, detected 30 IEDs hidden beneath the Pamalvaya-Cherapal cement concrete road in which some of the bombs were filled with merely soil and is believed to have been planted by ultras to create confusion among forces engaged in anti Maoist operation.
According to local sources, Maoist guerrillas, expert in explosives and subversive activities, who have infiltrated from across the State’s border, are indulging in heavily mining the area with a view to execute some major subversive act.
They are also training local cadres in operation of fire arms and how to plant explosives in rural areas in view of the State Government’s decision to construct CC roads even in smaller hamlets of Bastar division.
Notably, Maoists are highly opposed to construction of pucca roads in internal areas of Bastar division which according to them will give security forces easy access to rural pockets.