Alert villagers averted what could have been an attempt to blow up the Hyderabad–Mumbai railway line by informing the Railway police as soon as they noticed explosives strapped to the tracks at an under-bridge near Yelisinagandi village of Medak district, some 50 k.m. from here on Saturday morning.

Railway police, who rushed there, defused the explosive device which contained five packets connected to non-electric detonators and a 20 ft long fuse wire. “The packets are suspected to be containing Ammonium Nitrate based High Explosives”, Railway SP, B.L. Kanta Rao told The Hindu. He refused to divulge more information saying investigation was in progress.

The railway line connects Mumbai with Hyderabad and several express trains such as Mumbai Express, Hussain Sagar Express, Manmad Express travel on this line. Railway traffic was not affected, according to railway authorities.