Major tragedy avoided by the police
JAMMU, 28th April: A major tragedy was averted by the early detection of a sticky, timer-equipped Improvised Explosive Device (IED) by Jammu Police at Sidhra Bypass on the outskirts of the city this morning.
The recovery of the IED came just six days after the fidayeen attack in Sunjuwan in which a CISF ASI was martyred and 10 security personnel were injured while the two militants were eliminated in the course of a five-hour long gun battle.
SSP Jammu Chandan Kohli told the Excelsior that police teams detected a suspicious object in a bag at the Sidhra Bypass about 100 meters from the Orange Hotel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
Police immediately raised an alert and stopped vehicular traffic on the highway.
A demining team was called to the scene and defused the IED hidden in the bag, thus averting a major tragedy.
Sources said it was an IED fitted with a magnet and a timer and was to be planted by the militants to cause a major disaster. However, thanks to the timely detection of the explosive device, a major tragedy was averted.
It was not immediately possible to determine who kept the bag containing an IED on the national road.
“The bag was dropped by the Over Ground Workers (OGW) and the IED had to be planted either on the trunk road or elsewhere causing casualties among security personnel and civilians. However, the militants failed in their plot,” the sources said.
Senior police officers went to the scene to investigate.
CCTV footage of nearby areas is being taken to reach the accused, sources said.
Traffic was restored to the freeway approximately one hour after the IED was defused.
The sticky bomb can also be installed under the vehicle as it carries a magnet and explodes at the time set in the device.
A number of sticky bombs were recovered along the international border in the Samba sector last year.
Meanwhile, police continued their investigations into the April 22 Sunjuwan terrorist attack and the mysterious explosion in Laliana village in Bishnah tehsil on April 24, just hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu. .
Police have already arrested three Kashmiri men involved in transporting the militants from Supwal international border in Samba sector to Sunjuwan and another for providing them with mobile phones.
During the investigations, the police do not rule out the possibility of making further arrests in South Kashmir as well as in the Jammu region.
The Home Office has already handed over the Sunjuwan terror attack case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Investigations were also underway into a mysterious explosion in the village of Laliana in Bishnah tehsil in the early hours of April 24 and material from the location has already been sent for detailed analysis outside to investigate the nature of the the blast.
The police did not rule out that the explosion was the work of Pakistan.