NEW DELHI: Just under a fortnight before Republic Day, an improvised explosive device (IED) was found concealed in an unattended bag in the eastern part of the nation’s capital on Friday morning, causing panic among the population.
“An IED was recovered from a suspect bag and a controlled explosion was carried out,” a senior official confirmed to IANS.
A fire official told IANS that a call was received around 10:20 a.m. about a bag left unattended at the Ghazipur flower market in the city, after which a fire truck was dispatched to the scene.
Officials said a team from the National Security Guard’s Bomb Disposal Team and detectives from Delhi Police’s Anti-Terror Unit Special Cell also visited the scene to assess the situation.
Police then cordoned off the entire area for the safety and security of people.
Later, the National Security Guard bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion of the recovered IED.
A heavy police presence could be observed in and around the area.
Meanwhile, the special cell has registered a case under the relevant provisions of the explosives law.
Sources said police in the nation’s capital are already on high alert due to the upcoming Republic Day on Jan. 26.
“Such events can be used by anti-national elements with nefarious designs to carry out terrorist attacks in the city,” a senior official told IANS recently.