IED defused along banks of Dal30 June 2011
The Daily Excelsior
SRINAGAR: A powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was today found along the banks of Dal lake, the star attraction for tourists visiting the Kashmir valley, police said. The 5 kg IED, placed inside a steel container, was planted by suspected militants near a wine shop outside a hotel along Boulevard road in Dalgate area of the city, they said. The device was noticed by the locals, who informed the police. The IED was later defused by the bomb disposal squad. The detection of the IED led to some nervous moments for the tourists putting up in hotels and house boats on the Boulevard road, Dalgate, Nehru Park, Gagribal and also in the Dal lake. Acting swiftly, the police stopped the movement of all vehicles bound for Nishat, Shalimar, Harwan and other adjacent areas at Badyari crossing. In the same way, the vehicles bound for Lal Chowk from these areas were stopped near Nehru Park and some of them were diverted via Gupkar road for their onward journey. The movement of civilians on the Boulevard area was also stopped and they were asked to remain away until the bomb disposal squad arrived from the Police Control Room, Srinagar. Most of the tourists who were either strolling on the Boulevard road or enjoying the shikara ride on the waters of Dal lake could not come to grips and were quite perplexed over the placement of IED. As the IED was defused, life returned to normal in the area and both civilian as well as traffic movement was restored in the Boulevard and nearby areas. Meanwhile, security forces today busted a militant hideout recovering a huge cache of arms and ammunition including 12 motor bombs, in Kupwara district of North Kashmir, police said. The hideout was smashed by a joint search party of police and troops of 30 Rashtriya Rifles at Doke Haril forest in Handwara, 90 kms from here, a police spokesman said. In addition to the motor bombs, the search parties recovered an AK assault rifle, 2194 rounds of ammunition and 17 UBGL grenades from the hideout, he said. However, no one was arrested during the operation conducted during the wee hours. In a separate operation, the spokesman said security forces arrested a heavily-armed militant in Anantnag district of south Kashmir. Ali Mohammad Wani alias 'Ali Baba', a resident of Natipora-Sangam village, was arrested by a joint party of police and three Rashtriya rifles at Kari Kadal near Bijbehara, 45 kms from here, on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, he said. A pistol, its one magazine with 162 rounds, two hand grenades, an Improvised Explosive Device and 40 rounds of General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) were recovered from his possession, he added.