When The Indian Express visited the site on Thursday, the wrecked vehicle lay strewn on the road, its front bumper and rear wheels having come apart, and the surrounding vegetation scorched black.
At A tea shop on Korchi Road near Jambhur Kheda village in Gadchiroli, about 6 km from the spot where 15 security personnel and their driver were killed in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals, an off-duty policeman struggled to relive the horror. He just could not get the sight of his colleagues lying dead on the road out of his head.
“The trees were red with blood. There were body parts everywhere, even hanging from the branches,” he said. The policeman, who did not wished to be named, claimed to have been one of the dozen first responders when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), using a command wire system, detonated between 11.30 am and 12 pm near Jambhur Kheda village.
Fifteen Quick Response Team (QRT) personnel and an civilian, the driver of the Tata Ace car in which they were travelling, died on the spot.
On Thursday, the site of the explosion was cordoned off, as the police recovered the remnants of the deceased and forensic and bomb disposal experts swept the area for clues. Motorists were directed to take an alternate road while armoured personnel vehicles were parked at intervals of several metres on the stretch.