The government railway police (GRP) on Thursday continued the search for a bomb, which went missing from an ammunition box of 10 mortar shells, along the Ambala-Delhi rail track near Shahbad Markanda station, 25 km from Kurukshetra, on Thursday morning.
Suresh Kaushik, a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) with the GRP, told Hindustan Times that slush along the track was being checked for the 10th unexploded bomb that has been missing since Wednesday morning.
Nine bombs were found on the track near Shahbad Markanda station on Wednesday, disrupting rail traffic in the region. Kurukshetra district police chief Simardeep Singh had said that 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 Shahbad Markanda's Ranjit Singh Nagar locality in the afternoon. The ninth was also found near the track in the evening.
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.
Prima facie it appears that the box of mortar bombs was dropped accidentally from a train during routine movement of defence personnel. DSP Kaushik said that the bombs bore the stamp of the defence ordnance factory at Pune in Maharashtra.
"Once the defence officials confirm which unit of army or paramilitary force the ammunition from this batch was issued to, the GRP will initiate action," he added.