Naxals in Chhattisgarh use effigies, dummy weapons to misled security forces

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Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma District are continuously trying their new strategies and tactics to target security forces and misled them while conducting operations.

During a search operation by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on November 30, security personnel recovered scores of effigies of Naxal operatives hidden behind trees in the forest area.

Effigies and dummy weapons were found by 150th battalion of the CRPF and they were placed to mislead and confuse security personnel about their presence.

CRPF’s 150th Battalion Commandant Dharmendra Singh reportedly said, “When our forces went for area domination, they found three effigies installed in the region. These effigies also had dummy weapons made of wood which looked real.”

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) weighing 7 kilograms was also detected near one of the effigies. The IED was buried under the mud and connected with a power source at a distance of about 2 metres. CPRF personnel later diffused the IED.

Commandant Singh further said, “Our forces first thought that Naxals are present in the area and immediately cordoned off the area. It is a new strategy adopted by the Naxals to confuse the forces and to create panic among them.”