It is a discovery which has shaken the security forces operating in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected areas of central India. Indications are that the insurgents may no longer remain confined to the rural regions, launching attacks using outdated modes.
A camp belonging to the splinter group of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) in Jharkhand’s Simdega district which was busted in the last week of December 2013, has revealed the presence of remote control and timer-based Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), a first of sorts. “It was a camp of the PLFI, which we see as a splinter group of the Maoists which was busted and what was revealed is indeed something new. They have utilized these devices recently in the district and around and it is a worrying trend.” He went on the state how the PLFI has utilized these devices for pursuing criminal ends and not to target security forces. “But with the discovery of such a capability, we can not rule out anything,” said Asim Minz, Superintendent of Police, Simdega, which lies the south eastern region of the state in proximity to West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) which, in an inter-state operation, stumbled upon this manufacturing unit has termed this discovery a success.
Former Home Secretary RK Singh, reacting to this discovery, stated, “This was being anticipated. The insurgents have been attempting at upgrading their weaponry. What these remote-controlled and timer devices do is that they take away the need for deploying an individual, which has been their practice. It is a big challenge before our agencies to bust this enhancement especially the links that these insurgents have with underground groups in north eastern states.”