Police team from Bangalore visits Gulbarga district

The internal security wing of the State police has taken over the investigation into the recovery of explosives from two places on the Secunderabad-Wadi railway section on Saturday.

Amarkumar Pande, Additional Director-General of Police in-charge of internal security; Seemanth Kumar Singh, Inspector-General of Police in-charge of operations; and M.N. Reddy, Additional Director-General of Police in-charge of law and order, visited the spots from where explosives were recovered.

They were accompanied by Suresh Kunhi Mohammed; Inspector-General of Police (North Eastern Range); Amit Singh, Superintendent of Police; Shahajadar, Deputy Inspector-General, Railway Protection Force; and S.K.M Mishra, Divisional Railway Manager.

The officials visited the spot near Malkhed bridge and the area near Mogala tanda in Chittapur taluk in Gulbarga district. Initial investigations have not ruled out the involvement of Naxalites in the incident in an apparent attempt to blow up the track. Mr. Mohammad told The Hindu that they would examine if the materials were meant to blast the railway track as a revenge for the arrest of Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba by the Maharashtra police in New Delhi for his alleged links with the Maoists.

The officials also spoke to railway keyman Tuljaram who first noticed the suspicious movement of four persons speaking in Marathi on the railway track and foiled their attempt to connect the explosive material with the wires. Mr. Mohammad said one of the explosive materials found near the Mogala tanda bore the seal of Indian Explosive Factory. “These are generally used in mining and the people who planted them might have got it from anti-national elements,” he said.

Mr. Mohammad said a team of experts, bomb disposal squad, and officials attached to the operations and internal security were coming to Gulbarga on Monday. Sources in the investigating team said the Anti-Naxal Force had started investigating into the alleged involvement of Naxalites in the incident.

The Karnataka police were also in touch their counterparts in Maharashtra.

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