On 15 August, security forces reportedly recovered a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) allegedly planted by Maoists from Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh while carrying out a search operation in the area in view of the Independence Day celebrations.
According to a PTI report, a team of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) 204th battalion found the IED explosive weighing around 5 kgs.
The report added that the security forces found the explosive placed in a steel container beneath the ground near a culvert close to Rajpeta village and was allegedly was meant to harm security personnel during their operations in the area.
The explosive was immediately defused by the bomb disposal squad (BDS), a police official told PTI.
Security was beefed up in all the sensitive places across Chhattisgarh particularly those hit by Maoist menace in view of the Independence Day celebrations. Additionally, armed guards were deployed at all the important government establishments.
Earlier today, suspected ULFA-Independent militants exploded four bombs in various parts of Assam's Tinsukia district today as the state celebrated the nation's 70th Independence Day. There was no casualty or injury in any of the explosions. An improvised explosive device exploded near Indira Gandhi School at Laipuli on the outskirts of district headquarters of Tinsukia town.
Meanwhile, two bombs, suspected to be improvised explosive devices, exploded at separate places in the state an hour before the official Independence Day programme started at the Manipur Rifles Parade Ground, Imphal on 15 August.
--With PTI inputs