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Jawans unearth 15 landmines on rebel turf

Security forces retrieved as many as 15 landmines weighing between 1kg and 1.5kg from a kuccha road leading to Burha Pahar in Garhwa district on Wednesday night, exposing the CPI(Maoist) strategy of relying more on improvised explosive devices than gun battles to ward off resistance.

By A CORRESPONDENT in Daltonganj
  • Published 6.07.18
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Daltonganj: Security forces retrieved as many as 15 landmines weighing between 1kg and 1.5kg from a kuccha road leading to Burha Pahar in Garhwa district on Wednesday night, exposing the CPI(Maoist) strategy of relying more on improvised explosive devices than gun battles to ward off resistance.

The Maoists had killed six Jharkhand Jaguar jawans by triggering landmine blasts on June 26, but lost one of their cadres Shekhar and an Insas rifle in an encounter with the CoBRA personnel the next day.

"The 15 landmines had been laid in a series about 6-7 months back. Our security forces have neutralised them," Garhwa SP Shivani Tiwary said.

On whether the lives of the six jawans could have been saved had there been an increased level of alert, Tiwary said there had been no downgrading of security alert.

"There were more jawans in the contingent that was targeted by the Maoists who triggered 15-20 explosions in a series. There could have been more fatalities, but our boys handled the situation well," she added.

Independent sources have told this newspaper that the false confidence of invincibility that the Maoists used to enjoy because of their locational advantage atop Burha Pahar got a drubbing in the recent operation during which the security forces not only made successful inroads into Burha Pahar but also lobbed grenades and gunshots at the rebels.

Confirming the observation, Tiwary said the overconfidence of the rebels has been badly shaken when the forces took them on at their turf.

"We lost six of our men, but were able to inflict psychological damages on Maoists," the SP said.