Two Major Tragedies Averted In Kashmir

16 March 2009
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Two major possible tragedies were averted by security forces across valley on Monday after they detected two powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted on two vital road links. One IED was detected in Srinagar and another was discovered in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. A 20-kg IED, which was hidden in a garbage dump on the busy Airport road, was detected by J-K Police at 5 am when they were patrolling the area. A Police spokesman said that Police sleuths of Saddar police station and CRPF 83 Battalion detected the IED which was hidden in a municipal garbage dump near Chinar Colony on the Indira Gandhi Road. The police immediately cordoned the area and called the bomb disposal squad. “The bomb disposal squad later defused the IED on spot without causing any damage to life and property,” he said. Almost five hours later, a 6-kg IED was detected by the Road Opening Party (ROP) of the Army on Srinagar Baramulla highway near north Kashmir’s prestigious Saint Joseph School. Police said that the IED was planted on the roadside on the national highway few meters away from the Baramulla Post Office building which is guarded by the CRPF men round the clock. “ After the discovery of the IED, the area was immediately cordoned and the traffic was suspended. The bomb disposal squad later defused the IED,” a police officer in north Kashmir said. The traffic was restored on highway after the IED was defused. Police said that they have launched a man hunt to nab the culprits responsible for planting the IED’s on the two vital roads. No one has been so far arrested. The security has been beefed up across the state as Home Minister P Chidambaram is visiting the state this week to review the security situation ahead of the Parliamentary Polls.