The explosives, packed in a steel container was placed beneath the land near a tree on Bijepar-Jhadikhairi village road that passes through restive forests under Chhuriya police station limits, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla said.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district force was on Thursday dispatched on an anti-naxal operation towards Jhadikhairi village, around 150 kms away from here, he said.

Ahead of Jhadikhairi, security forces spotted the IED and was immediately destroyed by the bomb disposal squad, averting a major mishap, Shukla said, adding, it was planted by rebels to target security personnel during their operation.

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