Exploding Scarecrows: Chhattisgarh Maoists’ New Weapon Against CRPF


Scarecrows traditionally perform the relatively harmless task of protecting fields from ravaging birds, but Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Chhattisgarh have now discovered that they can serve a much darker purpose too.

Maoists booby-trapped scarecrows standing guard on fields near the CRPF’s Kondasawli camp along the Aranpur-Jagargonda road with improvised explosive devices as heavy as 3 kg. The idea was to trick security personnel into dismantling them, setting off fatal blasts.

“Paramilitary personnel of the CRPF’s 231 battalion first noticed the scarecrows while they were out patrolling on Sunday evening.  Read more

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