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Bomb found at Byculla railway station in Mumbai

The police removed them to a sea side at Churney Road in South Mumbai for defusing them.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 15:31 IST

A crude bomb was found at the Byculla railway station in central Mumbai on Saturday and was defused at the nearby Girgaum Chowpatty beach.

Anti-terrorist squad received an anonymous call around 10 am saying that a suspicious object had been lying in the gents toilet at platform number one for the past few hours.

The bomb detection and disposal squad rushed to the station and took it immediately to Girgaum Chowpatty, where it was defused through a controlled explosion, police said.

On being blown up, the device created a small crater in the sands.

Joint Commissioner of Police in Anti-terrorist Squad Jaideep Singh said the explosive appeared to be a crude bomb as it caused only a small explosion when defused.

Samples were then collected and sent for examination, he said.

Police in the entire city, particularly at places of worship and vital installations, were put on high alert following the recent twin blasts at Varanasi.

Security in and around railway stations, bus depots and airports were further tightened following recovery of the bomb, police said.

Last month, three terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir, allegedly having links with Laskhar-e-Taiba, were arrested from the busy Nagpada area of South Mumbai which is very close to the Byculla station.

Initial reports had indicated that they were part of a first module of terrorist operation and were awaiting supply of explosives.

ATS has handed them over to the Jammu and Kashmir police as they were wanted for crimes registered against them in the valley.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 12:35 IST