806 kgs of explosives, 130 IEDs found during poll process
Over 806 kgs of explosives and 130 improvised bombs have been found by security forces from Naxal violence-hit areas since the announcement of Lok Sabha polls on March 5
The maximum of these death traps and ammunition, meant for use against security forces and poll officials, have been recovered by paramilitary CRPF from Left Wing Extremism- affected areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Odisha.
According to an official report, a maximum of 61 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered from Bihar, 34 from Jharkhand, 26 from Chhattigarh and nine from Odisha till April 30.
The total number of these locally-made IEDs stood at 130.
750 kgs of explosives were seized from Bihar, 53 kgs from Jharkhand, 0.5 kg from Chhattisgarh and 3.8 kgs from Odisha, taking the total to 806.92 kgs during the period between March 5 and April 30.
During the same period, 10 IED explosions took place in Bihar, six in Jharkhand and 13 in Chhattisgarh.
The maximum casualty for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the lead anti-Naxal operations force and the largest security force deployed for polls, took place in the restive Bastar area of Chhattisgarh where 22 personnel were killed while 16 were injured in separate incidents.
Five CRPF men were also killed in Bihar while seven were injured in the same state while on poll duty in the Maoist grid.
A total of fifty-nine arms were also recovered during the same period from Bihar (11), Jharkhand (26), Chhattisgarh (15), Odisha (5) and Maharashtra (1).