SIT to probe recovery of explosive substances from train at Siwan: Bihar police
The government railway police (GRP) recovered explosive materials from the general compartment of Gwalior-Barauni Express train at Bihar’s Siwan when the train arrived at platform number 2 on Wednesday
The Bihar police have constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the recovery of 28.72 kilograms explosive substances from a running train at Bihar’s Siwan on Wednesday, a senior official said on Saturday.
The government railway police (GRP) of the Bihar police recovered explosive materials from the general compartment of Gwalior-Barauni Express train at Siwan when the train arrived at platform number 2. A first information report (FIR) was lodged with the GRP against unidentified people under the sections of the Explosive Substances Act and Section 151 of the Railway Act.
Additional director general (ADG) of police (headquarters), Jitendra Singh Gangwar told HT that the ADG Rail, Bachchu Singh Meena has constituted an SIT under the supervision of superintendent of rail police (SRP), Muzaffarpur, Kumar Ashish to crack the case. “It is being investigated whether anyone deliberately kept the explosives to cause danger to the train. The CCTV clips of 21 railway stations between Gwalior and Siwan will be examined. We are gathering evidence and are investigating all angles,” he said.
The GRP have sought CCTV clips from the SRPs of Jhansi, Bhopal, Prayagraj, Lucknow and Gorakhpur to identify the culprits, who shipping the suspected materials.
On Wednesday, a team of Siwan GRP found an unclaimed sack kept near the toilet when they were conducting a regular checking of the train, and found suspected explosives in it. They immediately informed Muzaffarpur SRP and ADG Rail over the seizure. On the directive of ADG Rail the teams of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) and the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) reached Siwan and opened the sacks. They found 28.72-kilogram charcoal powder, which is used to make crackers, besides 300 gram explosive-like materials. The black charcoal powder was kept in 13 separate bags.
The GRP is yet to find any criminal intention behind the shipping of the seized materials. “We are waiting for the FSL reports,” said Gangwar.