Disaster averted in Assam on Friday
Guwahati, February 27
Personnel of the Army and the police averted a major disaster on Friday by recovering a powerful LPG based IED (improvised explosive device) from a railway track in Assam.
Defence sources said if the bomb had gone off, it would have caused massive destruction. The IED was recovered and subsequently destroyed by the troops of the Red Horn Division based on intelligence received from the Eastern Command.
“On Friday morning, the Army troops came to know about an IED placed under the busy Goalpara-Dudhnai- Guwahati railway track at Barigaon near Dudhnai. On reaching the site, the troops conducted a detailed search along with the police. Subsequently, the IED was recovered by the personnel with the help of a sniffer dog,” the sources said.They said the IED was found well camouflaged and entrenched under the track, which connects Meghalaya with rest of the country. Later, it was defused. The sources said if the IED had gone off, it would have also disturbed public peace and order in Goalpara district and its adjoining hills of Meghalaya, inhabited by various ethnic groups and people from different faiths.
“In the wake of stepped up operations, the members of different outfits are now desperate to carry out subversive activities in the area to prove their strength,” the sources said adding “The timely recovery of the IED saved the lives of people travelling by trains which pass through Goalpara”.
This is the second IED recovered in Goalpara this week. Last week, an IED was defused by the Army personnel in the state’s Bhalukdubi area.