Two powerful land mines found in Maoist-infested Odisha
Koraput (Odisha): Two powerful land mines were recovered on a road in Odisha’s Koraput district after which security personnel began sanitising the entire stretch of Koraput-Laxmipur road. The land mines, weighing around 25 kg each, were spotted during a road-widening work on state highway 4 near Laxmipur on Monday evening, police said. “After that we sanitised vulnerable points, including culverts, on Koraput-Laxmipur road but no explosive was found. However, we will continue our road sanitisation work for the next few days,” Koraput Superintendent of Police Awinash Kumar said. After the road construction machine hit the land mines, the panicked labourers informed police. With help from the BSF, police recovered the explosives kept in two separate steel containers.
Maoist threat: Armed battalions to be deployed in north Kerala
Three companies of armed battalions will be deployed in the northern region of the state to combat Maoist threat, said Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. He was speaking after attending the two-day meeting of District Collectors and District Police Chiefs here on Tuesday. The minister said Maoist presence was reported in the limits of 31 police stations in Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad and Thrissur. The ‘ponpulari’ project implemented in Kasargod will be expanded to other districts. The police had put up a commendable performance in law and order maintenance last year. No major casualties were reported in communal or political violence, the minister said.
20kg IED hidden underneath road defused in Dantewada
Security forces defused a 20 kilogram Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on Wednesday. The device was cleverly concealed underneath a road in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada. A joint team of CRPF and state police found the bomb hidden inside a road that leads to Chintalnar in Sukma district while they were on a patrol. A bomb disposal squad of the central paramilitary later defused the IED, a senior official said in Raipur.