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Bomb scare preludes R-day celebrations in Delhi

The sighting of two unattended bags in the Trilokpuri area of East Delhi on Wednesday triggered a bomb scare among the public. Luckily, the bag did not contain any suspicious items.

Delhi Police received a call around 1 pm about the bags. Following this, they cordoned off the entire area. However, the bag only contained common things, which eased concerns.

According to Priyanka Kashyap, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), the bag contained “a laptop, tiffin, charger, water bottle, and some food items”. It was a case of bag lifting and happened near a metro station. Also, she said that they had identified the person who had left his bag by mistake, and soon they would hand over his belongings to him.

Days after the controlled blast of an IED.

This bomb scare comes days after the discovery of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the flower market of Ghazipur in Delhi. The 3 kg crude bomb aimed at “causing maximum damage”. It was found inside an unattended bag in a market where thousands of small farmers, shopkeepers, and horticulturists gather in the morning.

On the morning of January 14, a flower seller spotted the bag and called the police suspecting something wrong. The Delhi Police officials then arrived and blocked access to the market. The bomb disposal unit of the National Security Guard (NSG) also arrived and handled the situation.

The bomb squad dug an eight-foot-deep pit and carefully lowered the IED into it. They then carried out a controlled blast in an isolated area near the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border to destroy the bomb.

The security forces and intelligence have suspected this discovery as a terror attempt. These incidents are posing as a major threat ahead of the January 26 Republic Day celebrations. This has forced the security forces to be on high alert.

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