THE government railway police (GRP) recovered five low intensity improvised explosive device (IED) from an unclaimed baggage from a vacant unreserved compartment of Howrah-Secunderabad Falaknama Express at Howrah station in wee hours of Wednesday.
As per the CID officials, who took over the the case from Howrah GRP, the cleaning staff members found three bags under a seat during routine check around 2.30 am when the train was being prepared to be sent to Santragachi car shed.
GRP officials were alerted who in turn informed the RPF officials. The bomb disposal squad of the CID was also informed.
In the morning, CID officials took the bags near Tikiapara car shed and recovered five bombs packed in eight-inch long pipes. After inspection it was found that they were low intensity IEDs. “There was no trigger device. We are investigating if the IEDs were being transported to a particular place for spreading violence,” a CID official said.
While two of the bombs were taken to an isolated spot and exploded in a controlled manner, the other three were sent for forensic tests.
However, a Eastern Railways (ER) release later said no explosive was found in the bags. “No explosive has been found. However, the sample of the object has been sent for testing in the laboratory,” it said.
“No detonators or battery found,” the release said adding “five iron containers eight inches in length and diameter of three inches” and containing materials like “stone chips, reddish mud mixed with yellowish substances” were disposed off by the CID.
The close circuit TVs of the station’s platform, where the train arrived Tuesday night was also being monitored to see if the carrier of the bags could be identified.
The ER release said train services have not been disrupted at Howrah station and all incoming and outgoing mail and express trains operated smoothly.