An officer of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) was injured when a detonator exploded while defusing land mine explosives in Gadchiroli on Friday.
The Maoists had put up a red banner on the main road to Kamalapur village in Rennaplli sub-division in front of Bhagvantrao School. “Peoples War Group (PWG) and NCCI unity day Jindabad by CPI (Maoist)” was written on the banner.
When police visited the spot, they discovered a landmine near the place of the banner, said the Gadchiroli police.
The BDDS was called and the land mine was defused but a detonator attached to it exploded injuring Mahadev Mangaruji Waghade of the BDDS , said the police.
Mr.Waghade is said to be out of danger, according to a press note issued by the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP), Gadchiroli.
The place of landmine was hardly 20 feet away from the Bhagvantrao School. Had it exploded the school would have been destroyed, said the Gadchiroli police.
Police have intensified anti-Naxal operations in the area after the incident.