GUWAHATI, June 17 � A major disaster was averted when sleuths of the Railway Police personnel recovered a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a programmable timer device from the Guwahati-bound 5657 UP Kanchanjunga Express this morning near Kamakhya station.
The explosive weighing around 5 kilograms was set in a container found inside a bag.
Security forces on patrolling detected the unclaimed bag when the passenger train coming from Sealdah (West Bengal) reached the Kamakhya station around 5 am. The train had left Sealdah last evening.
"The unclaimed bag was detected in the S-5(sleeper) compartment of coach number
H- 759, after which the Government Railway Police was informed. The train, after reaching Guwahati station around 5:15 am was stationed in platform number 3," a senior GRP official stated.
The official informed that the bomb squad was rushed immediately and the explosive was subsequently diffused.
"The bomb was fitted with three detonators and was aimed at triggering mass casualty as a huge number of passengers were aboard," an Assam police official said, adding that the investigation is on even and no arrest was made till the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, following the recovery, security arrangement across the State is being reviewed, especially in and around the vital installations.