PM Visit: IED Recovered Near Assam Railway Track

Guwahati, April 19 : Security forces recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near railway tracks in Assam’s Chirang district on Thursday, on the eve of the 12-hour “Assam Bandh” called by the Paresh Baruah led anti-talk faction group of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to protest against the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visit to the state on April 20.

“The powerful IED, weighing more than three kgs, two detonators, fused wire were recovered by a joint team of Assam police and army during the routine patrolling near the railway tracks at Maneswari, outskirts of Bijni railway station in the district around 10:30 am on Thursday,” Additional SP of Chirang district police R Das said.

“Suspected militants planted the IED for triggered,” police official added.

Meanwhile, Asam police have arranged high security in Guwahati and other parts of the state for the PM’s visit.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) had cancelled eleven trains and resceduled four other trains after the ULFA threat to create an “unwanted” situation on April 20.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.