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Bombs found near rly track in Haryana.

SEVERAL trains on the Delhi- Ambala rail route were halted for more than two hours on Wednesday following the recovery of seven live mortar bombs near Shahabad railway station in Haryana.

Police sources said the mortar shells, measuring 51 mm, were first spotted by some children, who were playing near the railway station, at around 9.30 am.

Some boxes were also found lying alongside the explosives.

Locals alerted the cops and the Government Railway Police ( GRP), who immediately stopped rail traffic on the route. A military bomb disposal squad was called in which collected the bombs in a deep pit.

" The mortar shells were kept in boxes at a distance of 300 m from Shahabad railway station. Nearly a dozen trains were stopped at Kurukshetra and Ambala railway stations as a precautionary measure. The rail traffic resumed after the bomb squad sanitised the area and the patrols confirmed that there was no bomb threat," Superintendent of Police ( Kurukshetra) Simardeep Singh said.

Asked if these bombs could have exploded and caused casualties, Singh said, a mortar ( a weapon which fires the explosives) would have been needed to fire these.

It is still not known who placed the bombs on the railway track.

Sources said the bombs may belong to the Indian Army as these kind of weapons are usually used by paramilitary forces.

Unconfirmed sources also said anti- national elements may have targeted the Delhi- Kalka Shatabdi Express, which was scheduled to cross the area at 9.30 am.

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Date:Jul 23, 2015
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