Jammu-Delhi Rajdhani searched as cops receive ‘threat input’

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NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express train from Jammu was on Sunday night detained at Pathankot in Punjab and was being searched thoroughly following “specific threat input” passed on by the J&K police to their Punjab counterparts, a senior police official said.

jammu_delhiNearly 150 security personnel including three DSP-rank Punjab Police officers, one SP-rank officer, besides personnel drawn from the Government Railway Police (GRP) were thoroughly searching the Jammu-Delhi train at Pathankot, which is situated about 250 kms from Chandigarh.

“There was a specific input passed on by the DGP of J&K Police to us after which we acted swiftly and started searching the train thoroughly. We are checking each and every bogie,” Pathankot SSP Rakesh Kaushal told Media over phone.

The passengers were asked to alight from the train, which had left Jammu at about 8 PM to reach Pathankot after 9:30 PM, travelling a distance of about 100 km. Asked if the input passed on to them by the J&K police mentioned that a bomb could have been placed inside the train, the SSP said, “There was threat input. I cannot share more details.”

Army authorities too had been alerted about the checking, he said. The passengers were asked to alight from the train, which had left Jammu at about 8 PM to reach Pathankot after 9:30 PM, travelling a distance of about 100 km. Dog squad, bomb disposal squad and other equipment was pressed into service to check the presence of any explosive inside the train.

Jalandhar-based GRP DSP Gurnam Singh said the train would be thoroughly checked before being allowed to proceed for its onward journey.