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A suspicious object found on the Amritsar-bound Akal Takht Express identified as a low-intensity bomb was successfully defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad on Thursday after evacuating passengers from two coaches of the train.
A handwritten letter was also recovered which warned that there would be retaliation for the killing of top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Abu Dujana who was killed recently in Jammu and Kashmir.
Amethi: Letter found with the suspected object in Amritsar-bound Akal Takhat Express late night. pic.twitter.com/xq7NhG0QzM— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 10, 2017
The train going from Kolkata to Amritsar was stopped at a railway station in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh when the suspicious object was found near the wash basin in one of the second-tier coaches. Search operations were subsequently launched to check for other suspicious objects on the train and the train continued on its journey.
"A low-intensity device was found, it has been deactivated and train has left for its destination," Saumitra Yadav SP GRP confirmed.
Pakistani national Abu Dujana who was described as a category A militant by the Army and police officials and was wanted in connection with several terrorist attacks, was killed along with his aide on August 1 by security forces in an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Train derailments in the past have been connected with the explosion of low-intensity bombs set off on the rails.