A major tragedy was averted on Sunday when the alert personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) foiled an attempt to carry out an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast on the force’s 173rd battalion in Samba district of Jammu region.
The BSF has upped the vigil on the international border, following the incident, even as investigation have started to ascertain as to how the IED reached the security establishment.
Defence sources informed that an individual left a parcel near the RP gate of 173 Battalion of BSF in Samba district on Saturday around 6:30 pm.
“On scrutiny, it was found that the parcel was in the name of second-in-command Gurwinder Singh, who had not ordered any parcel for himself.
“On being suspicious, the parcel was taken into safe custody and the matter was reported to Samba police on Saturday evening,” said an official.
On Sunday evening, the bomb disposal squad of the BSF Jammu was called in, even as the Inspector General and his deputy were called.
“On being examined by bomb disposal squad, it was found that the parcel contained an IED,” the official said, adding that a detonator, a 2.5 Volt battery, and substantial amount of explosives were also recovered.
“The IED was defused by the BSF bomb disposal squad while the explosives have been sent for further examination,” said the official.
A case has been registered in Police Station Samba and further investigation has started, he added.