Five security personnel including a civilian were killed, on Thursday morning, when a powerful landmine bomb exploded while they were trying to defuse it at Bhairamgarh in Bijapur about 430 km from the Chhattisgarh capital.
According to the Dantewada superintendent of police Om Prakash Pal the casualty resulted owing to the clever ploy of the Maoist who adopted a second mechanism by planting a concealed explosive within the bomb which was first defused by the bomb disposal squad. "While the security forces were examining the already defused bomb after disconnecting it, another hidden bomb exploded", said Pal.
Four among the dead are from Nagaland Armed Police, which included its superintendent of police. An Assistant inspector of police of police P Markam and a civilian were also killed. Among the ten injured, the condition of four are stated to be critical and they were flown to Raipur for treatment.
The IGP in-charge of anti-Maoist operations Girdhari Nayak told Hindustan Times that this is an unusual entrap by the naxals.
It may be mentioned here that a two-day national conference to discuss the Maoist menace jointly organised by the Delhi based Institute of Conflict Management (ICM) and the Government of Chhattisgarh began in the state capital on Thursday. The theme of the seminar is 'Maoist Insurgency: Assessment of Threat & Doctrines and Strategies of Response’.