Mysuru, December 20:- Just a few days away from Christmas and New Year celebrations in the city, a low-intensity explosive was found near the densely crowded Mysuru KSRTC Bus Station (popularly known as the Sub-urban Bus Stand) on Mother Theresa Road (BN Road) on Wednesday which came as a shocker to the Mysureans.
According to sources, the Police Control Room received a call from an unidentified caller who alleged that a bomb has been placed in the city.
Initially the police presumed it to be a hoax call. However, the city police did not want to take chances and immediately rushed near Mysuru KSRTC Bus Station to search the areas and thereby found a box carrying nearly 60 cells connected with wires which looked like a low-intensity explosive. The police immediately took the box to a park opposite the bus station and alerted the bomb squad to diffuse the alleged bomb.
“The bomb squad with the help of sniffer dogs was examining the explosive packed in a brown box and as a precautionary measure the entry of public to the park was prohibited and the area cordoned off by the police.”
According to eye-witnesses, a box was found near the pedestrian pathway at around 8 am today and a person curiously kicked it to find what was inside the box. “He was shocked to see shells connected to wires and informed the autorickshaw drivers nearby. The alert auto drivers immediately informed a traffic police on duty following which the police team rushed to the spot and subsequently the suspected box was handed over to the bomb disposal squad,” eye-witnesses said.
The explosive containing battery cells and wires was wrapped in a packet and it alleged that it may have been dropped by a miscreant. The police had cordoned off the entire area for some time and later sent the box to a laboratory for examination.
An emergency meeting has been called by Deputy Commissioner of Police (law and order) Vishnuvardhan along with senior police officers. More information is awaited by this evening.
Last year during August, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded inside the toilet of the District Law Courts Complex in Mysuru. It was packed in a three-litre pressure cooker.
Though there was no serious damage last year, the blast in the court complex was a source of concern and now again the bomb scare as come as a shocker to all Mysureans. –(KS,KK)