Security forces unearthed three improvised explosive devices (IED), weighing 5 kg each, suspected to have been planted by Maoists along the roadside to harm security forces at Kondagaon town in Chhattisgarh.

Kondagaon Superintendent of Police J S Watti told PTI that the explosives were seized from Dhurghat hills on the Bedma-Ghanora road, 55 kms away from Kondagaon town.

After a tip-off, a district force team along with the bomb disposal squad launched a demining operation on the Bedma-Ghanora road, which is a Maoist hotbed, located 300 km away from the state capital, the police official said.

While cordoning off the road, they spotted the IEDs, kept in steel containers, placed beneath the earth on the side of the road at Dhuraghat hills, thus averting a major mishap, he said.

The explosives were immediately destroyed by the bomb disposal squad, he added.