An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found on the Jammu-Poonch highway in Poonch district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on May 27. Army's bomb disposal squad detonated the bomb successfully.
The police said that the locally-made IED was detected on the highway at Totagali in Bhimbher Gali area of the district on May 27, adding that a team was rushed which recovered the IED from the area. As the bomb squad of the army worked on detonating the bomb, traffic was immediately stopped on both sides. Minutes later, the Police added that the IED was defused. Later traffic movement was also restored, police informed.
The video shared by the news agency ANI showed the army detonating the bomb.
On May 27, Road Opening Party (ROP) of an army unit while patrolling in the morning on NH-144A that connects Jammu with Rajouri and Poonch districts found the IED material. During patrolling, army jawans of ROP saw something suspicious lying alongside a highway near Kallar chowk and during close examination, a bottle filled with a liquid material and a poly-bag filled with some solid material was found.
The ROP flashed an alert and soon after, a team of police headed by Incharge Police Post Chingus Chatyar, SI MD Khan also reached on the spot and enforced the closure of traffic on a particular stretch.
Later, senior army and police officers also reached on the spot along with the army's bomb disposal squad.
The bomb disposal squad launched its operation following SOP and after hour-long exercise, the said suspected IED material was destroyed on the spot thereby averting any possible mishap. Senior superintendent of police Yougal Manhas said that timely action by the alert jawans of army ROP averted any untoward incident.
He added that investigation into the matter has been started with DySP Hqrs Govind Rattan personally conducting the investigation.