Ranchi/New Delhi (PTI): Naxalites had surgically inserted an improvised explosive device (IED) in the body of a CRPF jawan who was killed three days back in an ambush in Jharkhand’s Latehar district.
Doctors conducting the autopsy of the CRPF troopers at a government hospital in Ranchi were shocked when they found a 1.5 kg unexploded bomb stitched inside the abdomen of 29-year -old Constable Babulal Patel who was among those killed in the encounter with Naxals.
Jharkhand DGP G S Rath said the body of Patel with the IED implanted in it was recovered by patrol squads Wednesday 9 January evening from near the encounter site and the post-mortem was scheduled for Thursday.
“The doctors became suspicious when they saw the body of the CRPF jawan. The bomb disposal squad was then called and the body was placed in an open field,” Rath said.
Later, the IED was defused by the bomb squad, a senior CRPF official said.
“The IED was a pressure bomb prototype which explodes on being disturbed,” he said.
Thirteen people — nine CRPF personnel, one personnel from the state’s special anti-Naxal force ‘Jharkhand Jaguars’ and three civilians — were killed in the encounter that occurred on 7 January.
Maoist rebels had also planted explosives underneath the bodies of the jawans, which exploded when other personnel went to retrieve them.
Patel hailed from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.