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Pakistan using land and sea drug pipeline to push ready-made IEDs into India: Report

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Monday, January 17, 2022, 05:25 PM IST

Pakistan using land and sea drug pipeline to push ready-made IEDs into India: Report | (PTI Photo)
Pakistan using land and sea drug pipeline to push ready-made IEDs into India: Report | (PTI Photo)
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The investigation into the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) recovery case at Ghazipur flower market has once again indicated Pakistan's role in creating unrest in India.

Intelligence reports have indicated that the neighbouring country is using land and sea drug pipeline to push ready-made IEDs into India, reported Hindustan Times. According to security agencies, the cross-border drug smugglers dealing in Afghan heroin and opium have been tasked to push IEDs into India through drones and sea-going vessels, the report said.

Besides, sources privy to the Ghazipur case told news agency IANS that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) could have possibly planted the IED in the Ghazipur flower market area in Delhi through its sleeper cells.

Meanwhile, the report submitted to Delhi Police by the National Security Guard (NSG) mentions that a timer device with Ammonium Nitrate and RDX was used in the 3 kg IED recovered from Ghazipur flower market on January 14.

The confidential detailed post-analysis chemical report of the explosive was submitted to the Delhi Police later in the same day after the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) of the elite NSG wing collected its samples soon after its disposal.

A senior NSG official, privy to the investigation, told news agency ANI that "a timer device with Ammonium Nitrate and RDX was used in the IED recovered from Ghazipur".

"Our BDS team prepared the report the same day and submitted it to the Delhi Police mentioning all findings from the explosive. The next course of action will be done by Delhi Police as it is investigating the matter of how the explosive material reached the crowded place in the national capital," the NSG officer said.

NSG Director General M.A. Ganapathy also confirmed to ANI that the IED's analysis report has been submitted to the Delhi Police with confirmed traces of "Ammonium Nitrate and RDX found in it".

"Ammonium Nitrate and RDX were the components used to manufacture the IED recovered from Ghazipur market. NSG submitted a detailed analysis report of the IED components to Delhi Police on the same day the explosive was recovered," Ganapathy said

What happened on January 14?

In a major security threat just two weeks ahead of Republic Day celebrations, the Delhi Police recovered the IED from an unattended bag at Ghazipur flower market around 11 am on January 14. Fire engines were also sent to the site.

A team of nearly 11 to 15 personnel of its BDS unit was pressed on the spot soon after an alert was received from the Delhi Police. The explosive was defused around 1.30 pm by the BDS unit of the NSG, an elite counter-terrorism unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs which was founded on October 16, 1984, under the National Security Guard Act, 1986.

(With ANI and IANS inputs)

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Published on: Monday, January 17, 2022, 05:25 PM IST