After 12 Central Reserve Police Force jawans were killed in a gunbattle with Maoists in Latehar district of Jharkhand, shocking details have now emerged that one of the bodies had a improvised explosive device stitched inside it so that it would explode after being taken away by security forces.
The bodies of the slain security personnel were taken for a post-mortem to Ranchi, where doctors discovered that the Maoists had planted an explosive device inside one of the bodies, CNN-IBN reported.
While preparing to perform the autopsy, doctors noticed crude stitches on one of the bodies that seemed to suggest it had been done by someone who was not a trained doctor.
“We found the body of the security personnel was crudely stitched up and using a x-ray device we found a bomb inside,” DGP of Jharkhand, GS Rath, told CNN-IBN.
Doctors found an 1.5 kg unexploded bomb stitched inside the abdomen of 29-year -old constable Babulal Patel.
Rath said that it is a completely new and barbaric method that is being used by the Naxals and needs to be condemned.
The bomb disposal squad of the police was called in and they were able to successfully defuse the device.
According to reports, the bomb was stitched inside the body in such a manner that it could have exploded on exertion of minimal pressure.
According to Rath, Maoists would earlier tie explosives to the body of slain security personnel after the killed him in order to target those who would come to take away the bodies.
Officials said that after the latest gunbattle in Latehar, the Maoists wrapped the bodies of at least six jawans with Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs. On Tuesday, when the security personnel and villagers reached the spot to recover the bodies, the IEDs on one of them exploded, killing two villagers.
The encounter took place near the Bhelwahi hill-top, about 100 km from capital Ranchi. According to a report in the Times of India, a woman was leading the heavily armed rebel squad and caused maximum damage to the security forces. Four bodies of jawans had gone missing from the scene of the encounter and were recovered 24 hours later.