At least three live bombs, stored in steel containers and connected to small LPG cylinders and detonators, were found close to the Pune-Bangalore national highway about 18 km from Dharwad city and 400 km north of the state capital on Friday.
These bombs were found on a service road next to a bridge on the national highway. The district police rushed to the spot following a tip off from villagers of Singanahalli in the neighbouring area.
The bombs were stored in cylindrical steel boxes and connected to LPG cylinders, iron pipes and detonators. “The bomb disposal squad (from Bangalore) has reached the spot. It will take some time to defuse them,” DGP Mr R Srikumar said.
The villagers called the Jeevan Raksha police station when they discovered these cylindrical steel boxes. The policemen cordoned off the highway and stopped vehicles from driving over the culvert, where the bombs were found. Soon sniffer dogs were also deployed around the area to spot more explosives in the region.