Had the terrorists planted bomb in the toilet of Manikpur- Delhi Sampark Kranti express or was it the handiwork of the Maoists active in Bundelkhand region?
The recovery of a high intensity bomb from the train at Mahoba Railway station on Wednesday night had left the cops perplexed. Though the intelligence agencies have alerted the state government regarding the activities of the Maoists in Chitrakoot and Banda districts yet no significant act of Maoists had been observed in both the districts, as they had been using the area as a safe hideout.
A police officer said the Maoists might have planted the bomb in the train to give a message about their presence in the area or to register their protest over operation Green Hunt launched by the Central Government in adjoining Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.
The modules of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Lashkar- e- Teyeba (LeT) had expertise in planting bombs in the trains. Be it the blast in Shramjeevi Express in Sultanpur or the local trains in Mumbai the terrorist had carried out the strike with accuracy ensuring large casualty.
The investigation into the bomb blasts in the trains indicated that the bombs planted by IM or LeT were attached with timer or packed with RDX and ammonia nitrate for maximum impact. “The bomb recovered at Mahoba Railway station had a switch attached to it. It was stuffed with zeletin rod that is used to blast the mines located in the Vindhyan range”, the police officer said.
The state government had handed over the investigation to the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS). The ATS team had already landed in Chitrakoot to unravel the mystery of the bomb.
The bomb disposal squad (BDS) team from 4th battalion PAC based at Allahabad defused the bomb at wee hours on Thursday. Talking to HT a member of the BDS said two wires were found jutting out of the box. The circuit was attached with a nine-volt battery and the explosive were packed in a paper. “Had the bomb went off it had capacity to destroy at least three coaches of the train”, he said.”,
He said on December 24 last year the police had recovered two bombs of the type found in the Sampark Kranti express in Miapurwa village in Allahabad district. Rather than the switch timer was attached with a timer. During investigation it was found that naxalites had assembled the bomb.