The ‘bomb-like’ object found near Pathankot Chowk on Jalandhar-Pathankot national highway on January 26 here has turned out to be merely a wire mesh in a gunny bag. The forensic test was carried out by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in Chandigarh.
A mobile phone which was found a few meters away from the mysterious object belongs to the former special secretary in Odisha government, Syed Nayar Ahmed, 62, of Qadian in Gurdaspur district. His Lava Iris phone was reportedly misplaced when he came to Jalandhar City railway station in a taxi from Qadian on January 9 at 9.30pm to catch up his wife who was coming from Odisha on a train.
Ahmed had also filed a missing complaint of his mobile phone at the Saanjh Kendra in Qadian police station on January 11. The former Odisha administrative service officer had also handed over the copy of the missing complaint to the police.
Ahmed retired from service on April 30, 2012, when he was in revenue and disaster management in Odisha government.
The ownership of the mobile phone came to light when cops were scanning the details in the technical cell and sourced it to Ahmed in Qadian.
Further, the forensic report has also ruled out that the mysterious object was a bomb or bomblike object. The object was sent to the CFSL in Chandigarh by Jalandhar commissionerate police. The bomb-like object merely turned out to be a jumble of wires packed with foil in a gunny bag. Police have been tracing the ‘mischievous element’, who had kept the object near the Pathankot Chowk and created panic in the city on January 26 when the district administration and people were celebrating the Republic Day.
Neetu, a resident of Shah Sikander road, had found an abandoned gunny bag and a mobile phone lying on the road. He brought the bag to the shop of Prashant Kumar, a junk dealer in Sarabha Nagar.
As soon as he opened the bag, he found the ‘bomb-like’ object. Prashant called the cops and informed them about the object.
After receiving the information, senior police officials, including police commissioner Yurinder Singh Hayer, his deputy Sandeep Kumar Sharma and a police team arrived at the spot and cleared the road.
After an hour of inspection, the bomb disposal squad installed some sand bags on which the ‘object’ was placed. Then the bomb disposal squad members carried the ‘object’ to an abandoned field, where the operation to defuse the object was carried out.