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By A Newsman
Midnapore, 16 February: SECURITY forces today recovered a fresh landmine at a village in West Midnapore district indicative of the Left Wing Extremists trying to get back into activity.
Jawans of the Central forces discovered the landmine during an area domination exercise at forested Chandabila village under Midnapore Sadar. The mine was planted deep under a village trail that the jawans were moving along; an advance search through metal detector saved them from an imminent calamity.
The landmine was subsequently dug up and defused by bomb disposal squads of the Central troop. The defused landmine was stuffed with about 10 kg explosives in a new steel container of about 10-inches in height and five inches in diametre.
Following the recovery, security agencies suspect that they the Left Wing Extremists were trying to plunged back in activity. This is because, until in the recent past, today landmine was newly laid and that too on a trail frequented by the Central troopers.
Most parts of West Midnapore district had been witness to massive violence by the CPI (Maoist) guerrillas between 2005 and 2011 when their leader Kishenji was leading from the front.
After the Trinamool came to power, Keshenji was shot dead by Central troops in November 2011. Since then Maoist insurgency in the district and its neighbouring areas has been contained remarkably.
In fact, over a hundred Maoists have surrendered since then, with four of them laying down arms in January and early this month. But the recovery of the new landmine indicates that all is not over yet.