Armoured personnel carriers, called mine protected vehicles (MPV), used by Chhattisgarh police are a boon as well as a bane in the heavily-mined jungle tracks of the state’s Maoist-affected areas, say counter-insurgency experts. The MPVs that roll out from a government ordnance factory can carry 12-13 personnel and have a base designed to dissipate the impact of a blast towards its sides. But they are no match for an improvised explosive device (IED) rigged with 50kg of RDX.
In an explosion of such magnitude, the MPV flies up in the air and kills personnel inside — as it happened when one such MPV carrying a dozen Chhattisgarh Armed Force personnel came under a Maoist-planted IED in Dantewada on Monday. Seven men were pulled out alive of the mangled MPV but five colleagues were not so lucky. The IED was fitted with over 50kg of explosives, sources said.