Tribal’s tipoff helps Gadchiroli cops detect cooker bomb, saves lives | Nagpur News

NAGPUR: Information shared by a tribal about an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a pressure cooker saved at least a dozen police personnel from Kurkheda taluka in Maoist-affected Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Monday.
Based on the informer’s input, Gadchiroli police‘s bomb detection and disposal squad managed to detect and safely detonate the ‘cooker bomb‘, planted to inflict maximum casualties on security forces.
Sources said explosives weighing almost 2kg were packed in the cooker and hidden under a stone on a beaten track off the road, which the forces usually take while carrying out an operation every few days. BDDS personnel used a special type of non-intrusive ground penetrating radar to survey and investigate the sub-surface during searches in the area to locate the IED.
Maoists are carrying out tactical counter-offensive campaigns against state forces in a desperate attempt to regain their lost ground in Gadchiroli, where they have been hamstrung by their depleted strength due to relentless setbacks inflicted by security personnel over the last few years.
Sources said the IED was planted around 500 metres from Kotgul police post, on the track leading towards Gondhri forest.
SP: Blast would have led to many injuries
Cops from the post and C-60 commandos usually take this track to enter deeper zones of the forest to launch operations against Maoists.
“The blast would have led to many injuries and casualties,” Gadchiroli SP Neelotpal said, adding that the tip-off received showed the strategy of winning over people with welfare initiatives while cracking down against the Reds was yielding results.
“The police have managed to earn faith and confidence of the masses with initiatives like civic actions and ‘Dadalora khidki’, due to which around four lakh tribals have benefited under various schemes,” he added.


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