Alert troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Thursday averted a major tragedy on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway by timely detecting and defusing an improvised explosive device (IED), an official said.
"Troopers of 24 battalion detected an IED planted in a culvert on the Jammu-Srinagar highway Wednesday night," CRPF Inspector General (Operations) BN Ramesh told reporters here Thursday.
"The explosive device was defused around 12.10am on Thursday with the help of a bomb disposal squad and a dog squad," he added.
Ramesh said the timely detection of the bomb averted a major tragedy on the National Highway No. 1A.
Asked whether the target of the IED were the pilgrims on the annual Amarnath Yatra, the CRPF inspector general said: "I cannot say whether the IED had been planted to target the yatris or any other vehicle. Our duty is to ensure safety of everybody who is using the highway."