IED used in the Panipat train blast, say forensic experts

  • Vishal Joshi, HindustanTimes, Panipat
  • Updated: Jan 16, 2016 17:11 IST

Forensic examinations on Saturday confirmed that an improvised explosive device (IED) was used in a blast that rocked a passenger train at Panipat railway station on Friday evening.

“It was a low–intensity explosion. Only trained hand can prepare such bombs. We are yet to confirm the explosive materials used in the bomb,” said an expert at Forensic Science Laboratory, Madhuban near Karnal.

Windowpanes were completely shattered in the bogey whereas seat was badly damaged due to the blast’s impact. However, no passengers were injured.

Inspector general of police, GRP, Paramjit Singh Ahlawat said, “The national security agencies, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Intelligence Bureau, have been informed about the situation.”

“It was certainly a sabotage attempt. GRP and railway protection force (RPF) have been put on a high alert. We are working closely with the forensic experts to get vital clues from the blast remains,” said Ahlawat.

Police sources on Friday had said that an object appearing to be a battery was spotted in the train compartment.

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