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Bomb found on Amritsar-bound train; note says revenge for LeT chief's death

A note found with the diffused bomb said it was placed to avenge LeT militant Abu Dujana's death

ANI  |  Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) 

Bomb found in Akal Takht Express
Suspected object found in Amritsar-bound Akal Takhat Express late night, two coaches vacated. Police, BDS on spot. Photo: ANI

A low-intensity bomb was recovered from Train Number 12317 commuting from Howrah to Amritsar, on Thursday morning.

The train was halted at the Akbarganj Railway station at 1:14 a.m. after the Guard and the Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) received information about a suspected object lying in the toilet of coach number B3. The object was kept in a packet and was assumed to be a bomb.

As soon as the Government Railway Police (GRP) control received the information, they stopped the train at the loop line. The Shivratanganj Police also reached the spot and vacated coach number B3 and B4 for the safety purpose.

"The train was stopped at the loop line of the Akbarganj Railway Station. A team of bomb disposal rushed to the spot and then the device was taken out of the train and diffused," Superintendent of Police Saumitra Yadav told the reporters.

A note was also found, along with the object, which stated, "Dujana ki shahaadat ka badla abb Hindustan ko chukaana padega." (India will have to pay for militant Abu Dujana's death)

The team conducted an elaborate search operation and the train received the clearance at 7:30 a.m., following which it departed from here.

"As per information the bomb was of very low intensity," he said, adding that further probe is being to done to identify the person who placed the packet on the train.

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief commander of Pakistan along with his accomplice were killed in an encounter with security forces at Hakripora village in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwawa district on August 1.

Dujana was one of the most wanted terrorists and carried over Rs. 15 lakh bounty on his head.

The Indian Army released a list of 12 most-wanted terrorists operating in the Kashmir Valley, in July, and Dujana was on that list.

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First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 11:05 IST