The police and BDS officials conduct a search on the Rajdhani Express with the help of a sniffer dog. Ganadeep Sheldekar | NT
MARGAO: The Trivandrum-Delhi Rajdhani Express was on Wednesday halted for nearly 35 minutes at the Margao railway station as a thorough search was conducted on the train following the information that a bomb was planted in the train.
The bomb disposal squad, the Railway Police Force, Konkan Railway securities along with local police conducted the search.
“We found nothing. The entire train was searched by the BDS, RPF and local police along with the KR officials. Police sources had informed that a bomb had been planted in the train and therefore the search was conducted,” said the district collector, Mr N D Agrawal after the search was completed.
He, along with the deputy superintendent of police, Railways, senior police officials from the BDS and the state police force conducted the search without giving any clue to passengers. A sniffer dog was also pressed into service. The BDS with all its bomb checking devices searched the bogies of the train, but no explosives were found.
Senior PRO for the KRC, Mr Baban Ghatge said the search was stealthy carried out so as to avoid panicky situation among the passengers.
Mr Ghatrge said they received a phone call from a Sawantwadi police sub-inspector saying that a bomb had been planted in the Rajdhani Express train No 12431. The station master passed on the information to Margao station master and immediately to the BDS. Local police were also called in at the station. Fire services and other agencies were also alerted. When the train arrived at the station the police commenced the search operations. He added that around 40 to 50 police personnel conducted the search.
The South Goa police chief, Mr Arvind Gawas said that police took all precautions while conducting search and that all bogies were checked.
He said that police patrolling has been intensified on railway platform by the railway police.
Mr A K Patil, the RPF senior official recalled that similar search was conducted in December, 2011.
Sources informed that there had been an ATS tip-off that some terrorists have been trying to target the Rajdhani Express.