A major casualty was averted on Saturday as the security personnel engaged in anti-Maoist operations recovered two powerful bombs laid by Maoists targeting patrolling security personnel on an earthen road in Ramatandi village under Gudabanda police station of East Singhbhum district.
Senior Superintendent of Police AK Jha said a can bomb weighing 10 kg and a pipe bomb, used for controlling blasts, were recovered from Bhalaki-Bakrakocha road in the village, situated at around 55 km from Jamshedpur, during a joint patrol of the police and CRPF. Both bombs were destroyed through explosion by bomb disposal experts.
“A major casualty was averted as we recovered the powerful bombs. It is indeed a major achievement for the forces and this will dampen the spirits of the ultras,” said Jha.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (Ghatsila) Naresh Kumar said that the team had searched the Naxal-affected area acting on a tip-off. Security personnel also seized 200 metres of wire from the spot.
Police said that the security has been beefed up in the area and they were keeping strict vigil on movement of the Naxals. “There has been a substantial increase in Maoist activities in this area. We are not much concerned about small acts of violence because these activities can be controlled by us, but the bigger attacks are worrisome,” said a security official.
Ghatsila, a part of the rebels’ corridor, is in the district of East Singhbhum. The area is covered with dense jungle and the Maoists consider it an safe place for holding meetings or organising training camps on regular basis.
Sources informed that apart from ensuring deployment of addition police and paramilitary forces, the operations and patrolling had been intensified to check the possibility of entry of Maoists from neighbouring States.
Strict vigil is being kept in Maoist-affected pockets of the district including Dumaria, Bodam and Potka.