Seven Live Rockets found on Railway Tracks near Shahbad Markanda Station in Haryana

Police and Army personnel inspect the live rockets found between Shahabad and Dola Majra railway stations
Police and Army personnel inspect the live rockets found between Shahabad and Dola Majra railway stations

Shahbad Markanda (SHDM): Seven live rockets were found on railway tracks on the busy Ambala-Delhi section near Haryana’s Shahbad town by children on Wednesday.

Police sources said the rockets were found enclosed in boxes on the tracks in the Ranjit Nagar village between the Shahbad railway station and the Dhola Mazra village in Kurukshetra district.

The children, who were playing near the railway tracks, spotted the boxes lying unattended. They opened one of the boxes and found live 51-mm mortal shells used in rocket launchers inside it.

Rockets2As they couldn’t figure out what exactly the contents were, the children abandoned the box and informed a railway keyman who was inspecting the tracks, said the sources.

Though the explosives could belong to the Army, which has a strong presence in the area, no one has claimed their ownership.

At least a dozen trains were held up for two- four hours before the rockets were removed from the tracks by noon and the whole area was sanitised for security reasons.

Among the affected trains were the Kalka-Delhi Shatabdi Express, the Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express, the Delhi-Amritsar Express, the Shan-e-Punjab Express and local passenger trains.

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