Low intensity bomb, threat letter found in Amritsar bound Akal Takhat Express

By: | Updated: August 10, 2017 10:51 AM

A low intensity bomb was found in Amritsar-bound Akal Takhat Express late last night

Akal Takhat Express, Akal Takhat Express bomb, Akal Takhat Express status, bomb in train, railways, bomb scare, railways news, Akal Takhat Express statusA low intensity bomb was found in Amritsar-bound Akal Takhat Express late last night. (ANI image)

A low intensity bomb was found in Amritsar-bound Akal Takhat Express late last night. The suspected object was found at the toilet of Akal Takhat Express and the train was stopped at Amethi station in Uttar Pradesh, according to ANI report. Two coaches were vacated and a team of police and Bomb Disposal Squad reached the spot. The train was coming from Kolkata. A letter was found with the suspected object, the report said. A low intensity device was found and it was deactivated. Subsequently the train has left for its destination, Saumitra Yadav, SP GRP was quoted as saying by ANI. The letter read India will have to face consequences of killing Abu Dujana.

Meanwhile, a Railway Ministry data has revealed that there has been a slight decline in the number of train accidents after implementation of a series of safety measures, including use of modern technology, PTI reported on July 30.

In 2014-15, the number of accidents was 135 which decreased to 107 in 2015-16 and further to 104 in 2016-17, it said.

This year, train accidents decreased from 29 to 15 during April-June in comparison to the corresponding period of 2016, an improvement of 48.3 per cent.

“There is a focus on accident prevention measures with safety getting top billing. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had launched ‘mission zero accident’ in the Rail Budget 2016-17 for carrying out a special drive to curb mishaps,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

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Safety measures, including speedy track renewal, ultrasonic rail detection system and elimination of many unmanned level crossings on priority basis, have been undertaken to prevent rail accidents.

The 2016-17 fiscal saw elimination of 1,503 unmanned level crossings and 484 manned level crossings by construction of road over-bridge and under-bridge, a record so far, the official said.

Since unmanned level crossings are responsible for maximum number of train accidents, the railways intends to eliminate all such crossings on broad gauge section by 2020.

Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh, a special safety fund, was created in the Budget 2017-18 with a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore over a period of five years for financing critical safety- related works.

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