Madurai: The Tamil Nadu police on Monday recovered eleven bombs from a garbage dump in the city, thus averting what security forces are suspecting was a major terror strike.
According to reports, the bombs, tied together by a thread, were dumped in the Anna Nagar aree here. After being discovered, the police called the bomb squad to help dispose the bombs. The police also cordoned off the area and restricted traffic in and around the locality.
After inspecting the spot along with the bomb squad team, Deputy Commissioner of Police Samant Rohan Rajendra said, " The bombs were of 'grenade type' which would explode only when hurled hard against an object and had been dumped by organised crime members."
According to an English news channel, the DC further said that the bombs would be defused after experts analysed them fully. Top police and Intelligence officials also visited the spot.
Initially police had said that they had recovered 11 objects from the bin, two were identified as bombs and nine others were being analysed. The officials added that the intent behind this act was to spread terror. Cops are suspecting that local rowdy gang placed the bomb here.
Talking to reporters, another police official said, "The pressure mounted by Police against the criminals ahead of Babri Masjid demolition anniversary on December 6 and tight vigil on the gangsters would have forced the criminals to drop the bomb in the garbage bin."
Earlier in 2011, a bomb weighing seven kgs was found on the outskirts of Madurai just an hour before senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani was meant to travel past that neighbourhood.
In 1998, a series of blasts hit Coimbatore hours before Advani was to address an election rally. 58 people were killed and over 200 were injured.
(With Agency inputs)