Amid a high alert in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital, Srinagar, government forces on Monday detected and defused an Improvised Explosive Device on a key highway, reports said.
A police official told a local news agency that an IED was found planted on the Pantha Chowk-Nowgam road, a few hundred meters away from the Nowgam Railway station near a bridge. “The object was spotted by the Road Opening Party and the police team early this morning after which the Bomb Disposal Squad was called to check the object that turned out be the IED fitted in a tin box,” the official said.
He said as a precautionary measure, traffic was stopped on the road stretch and the Bomb Disposal Squad defused it successfully.
“The IED was diffused and traffic has been restored in the area,” the official said, adding: the IED may have been planted to target the forces, especially convoys.
The official said that the train services, which was briefly halted, has also resumed.
The Srinagar district is on a high alert with intense frisking and checkpoints of joint teams of police and CRPF in the wake of recent militant strikes in the city that left a Dhaba owner injured and two cops dead in Dalgate and Barzulla areas last week.
The twin attacks have led to forces placing a new ground strategy n Srinagar which includes placing snipers on high-rises, flash checkpoints and surprise cordon and search operations.