Explosive laden car found at Ambala rly station

Last Updated: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 13:42

Ambala (Haryana): A possible terror attack
was foiled just days before the Diwali festival with the
recovery of over 5-kg explosives and detonators from a car
parked outside the Ambala Cantt Railway Station, police said
today.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint police team of Delhi and
Haryana found the explosives in a blue Indica car parked
outside the railway station last night.

"Five detonators, two timer devices, five kg explosives
in two packets and two batteries were seized from the car
lying parked outside the railway station," Haryana`s Director
General of Police, Ranjiv Dalal, who along with senior
officials of Haryana Police rushed to the spot, said.

Bomb disposal squads were summoned from Madhuban and
other neighbouring places.

A box of sweets was found lying in the car, which showed
that it was purchased from Jammu`s Bari Brahmna area besides
two newspapers from Jammu and Kashmir.

The car was bearing a fake Haryana registration number
and police suspect that it was a stolen one.

When asked if the intended target of the terror plot
could have been Delhi, Dalal said, "Senior officers from
various investigating and security agencies are here. We are
probing every angle".

As the cantonment area is also located in Ambala, police
would also be probing if the target could have been a military
installation in the region.

The explosives have been sent for forensic test and a
team of National Security Guard (NSG) from Delhi has been
rushed to the spot, police said, adding the nature of
explosives was being studied.

Security agencies will be going through the CCTV footages
available at various toll barriers in Punjab and Haryana
through which the car may have passed, police sources said.
After recovery of the explosives, security personnel
thoroughly checked the car, which was bearing the registration
number HR-O3-R-0055.

The tyres of the vehicle and some other parts were
removed to check for presence of any more explosives, the
sources said.

In view of the approaching Diwali festival, vigil has
been stepped up around key installations and crowded public
places including the railway stations in the state.

According to preliminary investigations, the captured
CCTV footage showed the car had two occupants, police sources
said.

Police is now trying to verify the details and hunt down
those who drove the car to Ambala cantt, which falls along
National Highway number 1, about 200 km from Delhi.

Delhi Police had been trailing the vehicle and it was
said to have yesterday passed from the Lakhanpur toll barrier
along Jammu-Pathankot barrier, a police official said.

It was Delhi Police who alerted their Haryana
counterparts about the car after which Haryana Police
officials, Government Railway Police and the Railway
Protection Force personnel rushed to the spot.

Initial investigations point out that the car laden with
explosives was headed for Delhi and was abandoned by its
occupant(s) who may have turned suspicious about security
agencies trailing the vehicle.

The explosives which was headed in the shape of a
consignment to some destination could have caused a major
explosion and inflicted casualties, but the timely action
helped avert a major tragedy, the sources said.

Asked if terror outfit LeT could have been behind the
plot, senior police officials who were present here said, all
the angles were being probed and at the moment various
agencies were coordinating to unearth the entire conspiracy.

An alert had been sounded in Haryana and neighbouring
Punjab and security personnel had been asked to remain on
alert and maintain strict vigil and track any suspicious
movement of people or vehicles.

Efforts were on to trace the original owner of the car
and police and other security personnel were also trying to
take accounts from eyewitnesses who may seen the car driver.

Police said the fake number put on the car is registered
in the name of a Panchkula-based business enterprise.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 08:49

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