Jharsuguda : A major incident was averted in the Alleppey-Dhanbad Express after six live improvised explosive device (IED) was recovered from a Coach at Jharsuguda Road Railway Station on wee hours of Friday.
All six IED had a Black PVC pipe, battery, wires connected with switch and the explosive contained material, police said.
The matter came to light after from a passenger noticed a polythene carry bag burning in the S-3 Coach of the Train at 3:15 am when the train had stopped on Platform No. 1 at Jharsuguda Road railway station. The fire caused panic among the passengers and they started shouting for help. Subsequently, Feroz Khan, a Railway Protection Force constable rushed to the spot and had immediately dozed the fire before he threw the polythene carry bag out of the coach and later informed this incident to his higher officials.
Later, The explosives were seized by a team of Government Railway Police (GRP) officials who rushed to the railway station after being informed about the presence of explosives and had called Bomb diffusal Squad.
“Some passengers raised an alarm after noticing fire under a seat of S-3 coach of Alleppey- Dhanbad Express. The on-duty RPF personnel who happened to be in patrolling during that time had heard about the scream. He immediately entered that boogie and swung into action and doused the flames with his legs and threw out the devices wrapped in polythene outside the compartments. The train had left the Jharsuguda station by the time it we learnt about the incident. Subsequently, we had informed our Rourkela Government Railway Police Team about the seizure of IED in Train Allepey – Dhanbad Express and the train was searched at Rourkela Railway station also.” informed Jharsuguda GRP DSP Khirasagar Naik.
Station Manager Chaitanya Sahu said, “The train arrived at the station at 3.15 AM and halted for around 20 minutes. Soon after it departed, a RPF staff called me and informed me about the recovered explosive materials. Later, we had informed the local police about it.”
“Six IED was present , all six where connected with switch, at first we had diffused and have dispose the bombs. The kind of explosive is being under investigation as we have referred to the forensic team, who has collected the materials. I think as six IED would have exploded then a major incident would have taken place.”, said Prashant Kumar Bhoi , Inspector Bomb Disposal Quad, Sambalpur
Earlier, on 19th April, Railway Protection Force patrolling squad had seized a bag containing six bundles of dynamite was recovered from Train 12129 Pune – Howrah Azad Hind Express at Brajrajnagar Railway Station in Jharsuguda District.