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Crude bombs found ahead of Jagannath Rath Yatra, two held

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

On the eve of the annual Rath here, police today said it has found crude bombs during a search in Gomatipur, a communally-sensitive area of the city.

The 141st Rath (the chariot procession of Lord Jagannath) will start from the temple in Jamalpur area amid tight security tomorrow morning and those expected to attend the event include and many other leaders.

Two persons including a bootlegger were detained following the recovery of explosives from the terrace of a house near Rajpur toll booth, B V of station said.

Four crude bombs, similar to firecrackers made using 'sutli' (strings), 12 pipe bombs and a bottle of kerosene were found during the search, the police said.

An FIR has been lodged in the case which names and his accomplice Maniyar as suspects, said.

One of the two apparently owns the house from which the explosives were recovered, he said.

"Sharif is a bootlegger who is already facing several cases. Both are being interrogated," he said.

Police have made elaborate security arrangement for tomorrow's Rath Yatra, including use of Israel-made balloon cameras for aerial surveillance.

Around 20,000 police personnel, home guard, and para-military forces will guard the 18-km route which passes through some communally sensitive areas.

Apart from the chariots of Lord Jagannath, his brother and sister Subhadra, the procession will comprise 18 decorated elephants, 101 trucks with tableaux, and 18 singing troupes.

The procession, which is taken out on 'Ashadhi Bij', the second day of Ashadh as per calender, will start from the 400-year-old temple in Old city around 7 AM and return to the temple around 8.30 PM.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 20:35 IST