August 13, 2022

Before R-Day, an IED recovered from the Ghazipur flower market : The Tribune India


New Delhi, January 14

An improvised explosive device (IED) packed with RDX and ammonium nitrate was found in an unattended bag at the Ghazipur flower market today but was later defused, officials said. The explosive was kept in an iron box and concealed in the black backpack. The incident comes ahead of the January 26 Republic Day celebrations for which the nation’s capital’s security apparatus is already on high alert.

A member of a demining team tries to defuse an IED found in a bag at the Ghazipur flower market in New Delhi. PTI

“The explosive at first glance appears to be a mixture of RDX and ammonium nitrate. It weighed around 3kg and had embedded prickles,” NSG chief executive MA Ganapathy said.

Another National Security Guard (NSG) officer said he was alerted by Delhi police to the suspicious object around 11 a.m. and shortly after a team of detection and disposal experts bombs and a heavy metal container called a total containment vessel being pulled towards a truck reached the market, located near Delhi’s border with Uttar Pradesh. Firefighters said they received the information of the unattended suspect bag at 10:19 a.m.

Officials from the Delhi Police Special Cell and Fire Department also visited the scene. “The IED was destroyed at around 1:30 p.m. using a controlled explosion technique after being lowered into a deep pit located in the area. The IED samples have been collected and a detailed report will be sent to the Delhi Police The NSG officer said A bomb suit wearing NSG personnel was also seen at the site apart from the officers of the special cell and regular units of the Delhi Police.

According to the preliminary investigation, the bomb was placed at the main entrance to the flower market.

“It is suspected that the alleged person made the detection before planting the bomb and we suspect that there was a timer placed inside the bomb. The investigation is still ongoing to determine who and how the bomb was been placed,” a senior police official said.

A case would be registered under the explosives law from now on, he said. —

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