9 Mortar bombs recovered at Kurukshetra from Naval Armament Depot
Investigation by the Government Railway Police (GRP), Haryana, confirmed that nine live mortar bombs recovered near the railway track in Kurukshetra on July 22 belonged to Naval Armament Depot (NAD), Kochi in Kerala.
"We have written to the navy and Indian railways authorities to furnish details on the issue. Our investigation has confirmed that a parcel of explosives was transported by the NAD for 'proof testing' to the ordnance factory at Itarasi in 2012, but the consignment was not delivered at the destination point," said Suresh Kaushik, who led the investigation in the case.
Deputy superintendent of police Suresh Kaushik told HT on Monday that an in depth investigation completely ruled out apprehension that recovery of mortars near the busy Ambala-Delhi railway track was related to sabotage.
Kaushik said that prima facie it seemed that a box of ammunition could have fallen from a moving train but the railway police was still working how the explosives reached far away from its original destination in Itarasi.
A team of GRP investigators had visited the NAD headquarters in Kochi last week and codes and other details furnished on the bomb casings helped aid the identification of the source of the explosives.
"It is yet to be investigated how the recovery was made accidently after three years. Probe suggests that NAD and railways authorities had exchanged communications but no police complaint was made in the alleged case of missing mortars in Kochi. We are working to connect various developments," said the DSP.
Nine bombs were found on the track near Shahbad Markanda station in Kurukshetra district on July 22, disrupting rail traffic in the region.
Recovery of explosives had triggered panic among residents.
Seven 51-mm mortar shells were found on the track around 9.30am. The eighth bomb was found near an olive green metal ammunition box found near the track in Ranjit Singh Nagar locality in the afternoon.
An abandoned ammunition box of mortar shells found near railway track near Shahbad on Wednesday afternoon. (HT Photo)
The ninth shell was also found near the track in the evening whereas efforts even after 13 days were still on to check another suspected explosive near the track.
Police sources said an ammunition box contains 10 mortar shells of which one is still missing.
Of the seven shells found in the morning, six were packed in small, black cases with details of the explosives mentioned.
The GRP registered a case under the explosives Act against unidentified persons.