Ranchi: It was Naxal brutality at its worst in Jharkhand as they allegedly surgically inserted an explosive device inside the body of a slain CRPF jawan in Latehar. Reacting to the act of the Naxals, the police said that it was a new Naxal tactic.
As many as 10 CRPF men and eight alleged Naxals lost their lives in an encounter in the area on January 8, and the bomb inside the body was discovered when the doctors at a Ranchi hospital were preparing to conduct the post mortem.
"Stitches were located on the body...had put post mortem on hold. Xray showed a bomb inside the body. Bomb disposal squad has arrived, trying to diffuse the bomb," said Saket Kumar Singh, SSP, Ranchi.
CRPF and Jharkhand Police had started an operation in this area after intelligence inputs that close to 600 Naxals were hiding in the forest, including some of the top Maoist leaders. As many as three CRPF men were missing after the encounter, and their bodies were discovered on Wednesday. Police said Naxals had tied bombs to the bodies of the dead CRPF men, which went off when villagers tried to recover them, killing two on the spot.
"One civilian got totally embroiled in the wires of the IED. The other succumbed to his injuries," said Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP) GS Rath.
The Ministry of Home Affairs suspects that Central committee member Arvind could be behind the incident and claimed that the hunt to find him and other Naxals in the area would continue. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, "I have given instruction for further action in the area."
North Block claims that the Latehar operation will be escalated, with more troops being sent to flush out holed up Naxals, but the question is - are our security forces prepared to take on such inhuman adversaries?