In a development that should concern all citizens due to the reach of terrorists as well as assure them of the alacrity of India’s security forces, RDX was found on Friday in an abandoned bag at the Delhi airport whereas the suspected bomb was neutralised promptly even though the information spread panic among the passengers and staff. The entire area was quickly cordoned off for a thorough security check.
The abandoned bag was found at the entrance of the second terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Delhi Police said a call was made to them at around 1 AM. The CISF recovered an abandoned black trolley bag near Pillar No. 4. The bag was removed from the airport on a cooling pit. A bomb detection and disposal squad and a dog squad were immediately informed; both arrived on the spot in no time.
The incident caused panic among passengers. The road to T-3 was closed for ordinary commuters.
The policemen and explosive detectors checked the bag. Initial investigation revealed that the bag contained RDX although the exact type of explosive is not yet known. CISF Special DG MA Ganapathy said, “Information is preliminary. There has been detection but no confirmation on RDX till forensic tests are complete.”
According to sources, the explosives will be monitored for the next 24 hours. Only then will it be possible to get a clear idea of its type. It is also believed to be accompanied by an IED, an improvised explosive device.
RDX: Science and technology
RDX is an organic compound with the formula (O2NNCH2)3. It is a white solid without smell or taste, widely used as an explosive. Chemically, it is classified as a nitramide, chemically similar to HMX. A more energetic explosive than TNT, it was used widely in World War II and remains common in military applications.
It is often used in mixtures with other explosives and plasticisers or phlegmatisers (desensitisers); it is the explosive agent in C-4 plastic explosive. RDX is stable in storage and is considered one of the most energetic and brisant of the military high explosives, with a relative effectiveness factor of 1.60.