Some Good Samaritans averted a potential disaster on the newly opened railway line between Udaipur and Ahmedabad in the Gujarat section, finding cracks on the tracks due to an explosion they had heard after which they raised an alarm. The saboteurs exploded the bomb using detonators; it was an obvious act of terrorism — intelligence sources have told reporters.
Intelligence officials said the saboteurs had planted the bomb with the intention of terror and material was locally procured for “sabotage”. They said that terrorists were of late employing a new modus operandi to identify local boys on social media and pay them some money for disruptive and terrorist activities.
The incident has alerted agencies towards the Maharashtra cotton warehouse fire that broke out recently, a case that the local police had closed, calling it a case of accidental fire. Subsequently, on the recovery of some documents, police came to know that the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI had orchestrated it, paying a local recruit Rs 3 lakh for the job.
Officials said that the external enemies usually pay the money in bitcoins through a firm based in Gurugram. While they are revealing only the ISI’s name to the media, sources said there are also forces inimical to India that cannot be named publicly.
The 2014 Godasan train sabotage was an act of ISI too and so were the Gujarat train blast and the Darbhanga train compartment blast last year. Sources said the idea behind this is to derail trains, create optics, and kill the maximum number of people — especially with a sense of urgency during elections to also affect the politics of the country.
The investigators have recovered the detonators and gunpowder from the spot on the railway line between Udaipur and Ahmedabad, hinting towards a bigger conspiracy, prompting officials from the Udaipur Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) to leave for the site to look into the possible terror angle.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the Udaipur-Ahmedabad railway track from the Asarva railway station on 31 October. That railway station is now one of the main halts on the Ahmedabad–Udaipur line in Ahmedabad.
Rajasthan Police have registered an FIR in the case too — under sections involving charges of conspiring in terrorist activities. The FIR says that explosives were planted on the track in an attempt to endanger the nation’s security by terrifying ordinary citizens.