GUWAHATI, Jan 18 � Security has been beefed up by the Northeast Frontier Railway in parts of Assam, following the discovery of a sizeable quantity of explosive materials at Lumding station this morning and also because of threat perceptions in the run-up to the Republic Day.
Today around 9.30 in the morning, a patrol party of the GRP came across four unclaimed bags at platform number 2 of Lumding Railway Station. With no attendants in sight, the personnel opened the bags, and found 600 gelatin sticks, 600 detonators and 360 feet of fuse wire. Soon after, the station was sealed off and security personnel put on alert. The Up Janashatabdi had left for Dimapur some time before the recovery was made.
It is suspected that the consignment could have been brought to Lumding for transshipment to some other place. According to sources in the NFR at Maligaon, no arrests have been made till the time of filing this report.
Soon after the discovery, the NFR sounded the alarm and raised the level of security in all the major stations across the State.