| Security personnel display the paper bomb in Gaya on Sunday. Picture by Suman |
Police personnel in the Magadh range have been warned not to touch any Maoist poster pasted on the walls of government buildings to avert a possible explosion.
In a joint operation launched by district police and Central Reserve Police Force on May 2, security personnel seized the paper bomb.
The security personnel were surprised to find the paper bomb in a cave of Asurayin hills. “The bundle bomb has been seized for the first time in the state. We were fortunate that the explosive has been detected before its use by the Maoists,” said Nayyar Hasnain Khan, the deputy inspector-general (DIG) of Magadh range.
The DIG said the bomb looked like a bundle of papers. “The device is placed behind the pamphlet and it goes off on being touched by any human being. The person in the periphery would suffer severe injuries and the blast could also prove fatal,” he said, adding that there has been no report of its use by any Naxalite outfit operating in the state so far.
Khan said the paper or bundle bomb pointed towards rebels improvising on explosive devices used in operations against security personnel. “The samples of the seized explosive device have been sent to the forensic science laboratory in Patna to ascertain the magnitude of the impact it can cause,” he added.
The raiding team recovered 19 cylinder bombs, a cooker bomb, four pipe bombs and other explosives from the spot. The cave from which the explosives were seized was used by Maoists to store their firearms and explosives for a long time. The rebels, however, managed to give a slip to the security forces, the DIG said.
The cops have also changed their strategy to counter Naxalites.
Police camps are being set up in remote villages considered to be influential pockets of the banned outfit.