Bomb, letter warning of revenge for Abu Dujana’s death found on Akal Takht Exp
The explosive and letter was found in the B3 coach of the Akal Takht Express, which was on way to Amritsar in Punjab from Howrah in West Bengal.Updated: Aug 10, 2017 12:21 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
A low-intensity bomb was recovered in a toilet of an express train on Thursday morning with a letter that warned of strikes to avenge the recent killing of a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
The explosive was found in the B3 coach of the Akal Takht Express, which was on way to Amritsar in Punjab from Howrah in West Bengal.
The railway official stopped the train at around 1.14am and vacated the B3 and B4 coaches at Akbarganj station in Amethi district, 60km from here, after they were alerted about a suspicious packet.
“A bomb-disposal team rushed to the spot and the device was defused,” superintendent of police Saumitra Yadav said.
A note was also found wrapped around the packet that said “Dujana ki shahaadat ka badla abb Hindustan ko chukaana padega (India will have to pay for Dujana’s martyrdom)”.
Amethi: Letter found with the suspected object in Amritsar-bound Akal Takhat Express late night. pic.twitter.com/xq7NhG0QzM— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 10, 2017
The 27-year-old Dujana was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on August 1 in what was hailed as a big success for troops, which have come under increased attack in the border state.
Dujana was among the longest surviving foreign militants in Kashmir, hailing from the Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh.
The UP anti-terrorist squad (ATS) has begun an investigation. The probe would be led by SSP Umesh Srivastava, ATS inspector general Asim Arun said, adding preliminary investigation indicated it was a low-intensity improvised explosive device.
The train was allowed to continue the journey after police inspected all the coaches.
The railway police have been asked to remain vigilant while escorting trains across the state.
Last November 148 people were killed when the Indore-Patna Express went off the tracks near Kanpur Dehat in Pukhrayan. Police suspect it to be an act of terror.
With agency inputs
First Published: Aug 10, 2017 10:59 IST