Security forces avert a tragedy in Jammu and Kashmir, destroy IED along Jammu-Poonch highway

Jammu: A major tragedy was averted on Monday with timely detection of a suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) along the Jammu-Poonch National Highway, prompting the suspension of traffic for nearly one-and-a-half hours, officials said.

A bottle filled with a liquid material and a polybag filled with some solid material was found on the roadside near Kallar chowk along the highway in the morning, Rajouri SSP Yougal Manhas said. He said an army unit noticed the suspicious material at around 7.30 am and subsequently the bomb disposal squad of the army destroyed the IED on the spot.

A police team headed by in-charge of Chingus Chatyari police post and Sub-Inspector MD Khan reached the spot soon after the army flashed an alert and enforced the closure of traffic on that particular stretch. However, the traffic resumed around 10.00 am after the bomb disposal squad completed its action, Manhas said.

The device was suspected to be planted by some anti-national elements, he said.

"Timely action by the alert jawans of Army averted any untoward incident," the SSP said, adding that a probe into the matter has been started with the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Headquarters, Govind Rattan personally conducting the investigation.

On 22 May, police busted a major militant hideout in the same region (Chatyari forest) and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including four AK assault rifles and 11 pistols.

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Updated Date: May 27, 2019 13:36:47 IST