Maoists have caught Chhattisgarh police off guard in Dantewada district with late night landmine explosions twice in the last two months, suggesting a tactical switch. The two attacks were the first of their type in the state.
State director general of police Vishwa Ranjan said, “Maoists have managed to do it for the first time. We are closely studying the attacks since they have emerged as an odd tactic adopted by the rebels and may be a part of their new strategy.”
In the first late night blast on May 17, the rebels killed seven CRPF personnel in south Bastar. In the second such attack on June 9, 10 Chhattisgarh policemen were killed near Katekalyan, about 500 km south of Raipur.
Dantewada superintendent of police Ankit Garg said, “This is a new challenge for us and we need to be cautious.”