Farrukhabad Jn (FBD): A major railway tragedy was averted on Saturday when a time bomb was found near an old storehouse at Farukkhabad station and later defused, police said here.
A Government Railway Police patrol team informed us that a “bomb-like” object was lying on platform number one following which army officials and a bomb disposal squad in Kanpur were contacted, they said.
The platform was evacuated and movement of trains to and from it stopped.
The bomb disposal squad led by M.K.Pandey confirmed it was a bomb timed to explode at 6:20 a.m., minutes before Mainpuri passenger train was to depart at 6:40 a.m.
It did not explode as the timer developed a problem, Mr.Pandey said, adding that further details would be available only after a probe into the matter was over.
Timely detection of a bomb by an alert patrol party minutes before departure of a passenger train here this morning averted a major tragedy even as a bomb hoax at Tundla railway station in Firozabad district forced Lucknow-bound Shatabdi Express to halt for over 30 minutes.
The incident comes a day after a major train mishap was averted near Mohanlalganj, on the outskirts of the State capital of Lucknow, due to alertness of Prayag-Lucknow passenger train driver when he noticed 50 cm rail track missing.
The Railways have ordered a departmental inquiry into the possibility of sabotage. The Farrukhabad incident created panic in the security establishment as it came just a day after a major train mishap was averted near Mohanlalganj, on the outskirts of the state capital of Lucknow, due to alertness of Prayag-Lucknow passenger train driver when he noticed 50 cm rail track missing.
These incidents have come amid reports of ISIS planning to expand its network in Uttar Pradesh, where alleged sympathisers of the Islamic State are under the scanner of the Union Home Ministry.