Report by Gurpreet Singh
The Delhi Police have recovered an improvised explosive device (IED) from the Ghazipur Flower Market area of the national capital on Friday. This is being seen as a major security concern just two weeks before Republic Day celebrations.
Sources familiar with the issue said police and bomb disposal squad were rushed to the market after the suspicious bag was spotted. Special Cell officials were at the spot and the elite counterterrorism force National Security Guard (NSG) were also called in. Fire engines were also sent to the site to defuse the IED.
No CCTV cameras where IED bag was found
No CCTV cameras were found in the Phool Mandi where the IED device was found. The only camera at the entry focuses on the number plate of vehicles entering. Experts have said this shows that someone had done a recce of the area before planting the bomb. The NSG conducted a controlled explosion to neutralise the IED. Around 1.5 kg of explosive material was found, a sizeable quantity capable of dealing heavy damage.
Around similar time, 5 kg RDX has been seized from near international border in Amritsar’s Dhanoa Kalan, Attari.
At present, the Special Task Force has started searching the area. In December last year, RDX was also recovered in Gurdaspur of the state. At the same time, in December itself, there was an incident of explosion in the court complex located in Ludhiana. At present, the search operation is going on and heavy security force is deployed at the spot. The police are continuously interrogating the suspects.
Explosives being found in Punjab
In recent times, there have been many reports of explosives being recovered in Punjab. In the third case on Friday itself, the bomb disposal squad of the security forces defused a grenade which was recovered inside a cooker wrapped in a suspicious bag at Khwaja Bazaar Chowk in downtown Srinagar. The suspicious bag containing the pressure cooker with some wires visible outside the bag was found today triggering panic in the area. The officer further said that the traffic which was suspended earlier has been restored.
(Gurpreet is student of BA-JMC first year from Maharishi University Of Information Technology, Noida)