IED found in bag unattended at Delhi’s Ghazipur flower market ahead of Republic Day celebrations: The Tribune India
New Delhi, January 14
An improvised explosive device (IED) filled with RDX and ammonium nitrate was found in an unattended bag at the Ghazipur flower market here on Friday morning but was later defused, officials said.
The explosive was kept in an iron box and concealed in the black backpack.
The incident comes ahead of the January 26 Republic Day celebrations for which the nation’s capital’s security apparatus is already on high alert.
“The explosive at first glance appears to be a mixture of RDX and ammonium nitrate. It weighed around 3 kg and had built-in sharpeners,” NSG chief executive MA Ganapathy told PTI.
Another National Security Guard (NSG) officer said he was alerted by Delhi police to the suspicious object around 11 a.m. and shortly after a team of detection and disposal experts bombs and a heavy metal container called a total containment vessel being pulled towards a truck reached the market, located near Delhi’s border with Uttar Pradesh.
Firefighters said they received the information about the unattended suspect bag at 10:19 a.m.
Officials from the Delhi Police Special Cell and Fire Department also visited the scene.
“The IED was destroyed around 1:30 p.m. using a controlled explosion technique after being lowered into a deep pit located in the area.
“The samples of the IED have been collected and a detailed report will be sent to the Delhi Police,” the NSG officer said.
A bomb suit wearing NSG personnel was also seen at the site apart from the officers of the special cell and regular units of the Delhi Police.
According to the preliminary investigation, the bomb was placed at the main entrance to the flower market.
“It is suspected that the alleged person made the detection before planting the bomb and we suspect that there was a timer placed inside the bomb. The investigation is still ongoing to determine who and how the suicide bomber been placed,” a senior police official said.
The case will be filed as an explosive act from now on, he said.
All CCTV cameras installed in and around the crime scene are scanned to identify the accused and verify the sequence of events that took place.
Two teams including senior experts from the Rohini forensic laboratory are currently on site inspecting and collecting exhibits, officials said.