3 IEDs detected in Jammu bound bus29 July 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: A major tragedy was averted this evening by the police on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway when three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were recovered from a passenger bus in Qazigund, South Kashmir. Director General of Police (DGP) Kudeep Khoda said police have launched a hunt for the persons responsible for planting IEDs in the bus and are expecting a breakthrough soon. Police said that alert passengers of the bus raised an alarm when they found unclaimed baggage in Jammu bound bus bearing registration number JK01C-9547 near Lower Munda Toll Post on the highway. Police said the IEDs were kept in three pressure cookers of one litre each and wrapped in a polythene bag and were kept in a haversack, inside the bus. Police said passengers of the bus became suspicious when two passengers, who were traveling with them from Batamaloo didnít board the bus at Lower Munda Toll Post. 'The driver had stopped the bus near the Toll Post for paying toll tax and the two passengers also disembarked from the bus leaving the haversack behind,' they said. The passengers raised an alarm after noticing the unclaimed haversack. Police immediately rushed to the spot. Passengers were evacuated from the bus and the haversack was taken out by the cops. Police found IEDs in the bag and called Bomb Disposal Squad immediately. All the three IEDs were taken to an isolated place on the highway and detonated. Traffic on the highway remained suspended for about an hour as police immediately stopped the traffic on highway after the detection of the IEDs. The traffic on the highway was allowed to ply only after IEDs were detonated. Police registered a case and are conducting the investigations. Police questioned the passengers about the identity of the two militants who had planted the IEDs. This is for the first time in recent years that a passenger bus was targeted by the suspected militants. Police sources said that the IEDs could have caused heavy human casualties if not detected on time. Meanwhile, DGP Kuldeep Khoda said that police have started the investigations into the incident. Police have launched operation to trace the people who planted pressure cooker IEDs in the bus, he added. 'We immediately defused them when we received reports about their recovery. We are looking for the persons who planted them. It could have caused havoc. We are hopeful for the breakthrough soon', disclosed police chief. Meanwhile, a 36-year-old labourer died today after a heavy stone, he was loading on a truck, fell on him in Zewan area on the outskirts of Srinagar, police said. Atta Mohammad Padder, a resident of Kangana Chamalwas in Banihal area of Ramban district was injured in Aripora in a quarry, a police spokesman said. Padder was rushed to a hospital for treatment where he succumbed to injuries. Police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 CrPC in this regard, the spokesman said, adding the body was handed over to his relatives for last rites. Meanwhile, one Khazir Mohammad Bhat of Rajpora fell down from a Deodar tree in Rajpora Forests, Handwara and died one the spot. Police said body of a boy Nayeem Ahmed Mir of Gantamulla, Baramulla was fished out from river Jhelum at Gantamulla, Baramulla. The boy had drowned yesterday at Gantamulla.