10 bombs found on Assam railway bridge

A railway official Tuesday averted a possible tragedy when he found 10 crude bombs along with blasting devices from a railway bridge on the Lumding-Badarpur hill section in southern Assam, an official said.

"The 10 powerful bombs along with blasting devices were found at a railway bridge between Mahur and Phiding stations on Lumding-Badarpur hill section under the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR)," NFR spokesman Nilanjan Deb told reporters.

"The bombs were found by railway trackman K.R. Das during a normal patrolling duty. Immediately, several trains scheduled to ply through this section were stopped, averting possible disasters," he said.

Deb said Army soldiers, railway protection force personnel and railway officials have reached the site, 400 km south of Assam's main city Guwahati.

The bombs were removed and defused by the security personnel.

The security forces have begun a search operation to nab the culprits.

After a thorough search for a few hours, the railway track was declared fit for train movement and normal train services resumed in the afternoon, the spokesman said.

NFR has been running trains between Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and southern Assam and the rest of India via Guwahati through this vital hill section.

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