- The Fire Department received the call regarding the suspicious bag at 10:19 am
- The black bag reportedly weighed around 3 kg
- The Special Cell has registered a case under the relevant provisions of the Explosive Act
New Delhi: Nearly a fortnight before the Republic Day, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was discovered in an unattended bag at Ghazipur flower market, located close to Delhi’s border with Uttar Pradesh, on Friday morning. The device was later defused.
As the national capital prepares to celebrate Republic Day on January 26, the city’s security apparatus is on high alert.
Officials with the Fire Department received the report of the suspicious bag, which was found in the flower market, at 10:19 am.
An iron box containing the explosives was concealed in a black backpack.
Officials from Delhi Police’s Special Cell, the NSG’s bomb detection and disposal team, and fire tenders arrived and cordoned off the area within minutes.
“We were informed by the Delhi Police about the suspicious object at around 11 am. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has been destroyed by using a controlled explosion technique. The samples of the IED have been collected and the explosive will be ascertained and informed to the Delhi Police,” said a National Security Guard officer.
Preliminary investigation indicated that the bomb was planted at the flower market’s main gate.
“It is suspected that the alleged person did the recee before planting the bomb and we suspect there was a timer placed inside the bomb,” a senior police official said.
The black bag weighed approximately 3 kg, said sources.
Bomb suits were seen being worn by NSG personnel at the site where a bomb disposal container known as a Total Containment Vessel (TCV) was brought.
With the help of police personnel, NSG bomb disposal specialists dug an approximate eight-foot ditch in an open area where the bag carrying the IED was disposed of. “The NSG conducted a controlled explosion of the recovered IED at around 1:30 pm,” an official said.
The NSG, meanwhile, said: “A bomb disposal squad of the National Security Guard has defused the IED recovered from Ghazipur. Samples of the IED have been collected. The team will submit a report on the chemical component used to assemble the explosive.”
DG NSG MA Ganpathy has said that investigators are probing a possible link between the IED bomb in Delhi and the recent Ludhiana blast.
Police were seen in and around the site in large numbers.
In the meantime, the Special Cell has filed a case under the relevant provisions of the Explosive Act.
What’s worrying probe agencies is the fact that the target was Ghazipur mandi, which has never been on a high target list although it is a crowded market with a heavy footfall.
They believe placing a bag with 3 kgs of explosive was a calculated strategy. The market is also close to where farmers protested for nearly a year.
The investigation is being headed by DCP Pramod Kushwaha.