Even as Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) detectives are busy analyzing the terror angle in the lone wolf attack on the Gorakhnath temple last Sunday, the recovery of five bomb-like shells with digital timers near Safedabad station in Barabanki sent police into a tizzy.
The recovery put senior officers on high alert and they rushed to the scene with the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) and firefighters. The bombs were successfully defused after two hours.
UP ATS officials also rushed to the scene to examine any possible terrorist angles. It is suspected that the bombs could have been prepared for subversive activity in Lucknow, but were dropped near the station for some reason.
Police were now examining the explosive used in the bomb to confirm whether it was the work of a terrorist group or whether local youths were involved in spreading panic.
According to reports, five bomb-like shells with timers were noticed by a resident behind Safedabad railway station, just three kilometers from the Barabanki-Lucknow border. He immediately notified the police control room, whereupon a Police Response Vehicle (PRV) arrived at the scene and subsequently raised an alert. Later Police Commissioner of Barabanki. Anurag Vats, ASP Purendra Singh and police officers from Satrikh and Nagar Kotwali arrived at the scene.
The area was immediately cordoned off and vehicular and public traffic was suspended. The surrounding area was also evacuated and train traffic was also halted for some time. Lucknow’s bomb detection and disposal team was rushed to check and defuse the bombs.