Terror plot foiled in Ambala

Ambala (Haryana): A possible terror attack was foiled just days before the Diwali festival with the recovery of over 5-kg of explosives and detonators from a car parked outside the Ambala Cantt Railway Station, police said today.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint police team of Delhi and Haryana found the explosives in a blue Indica car parked outside the railway station on Monday night. "Five detonators, two timer devices, five kg explosives in two packets and two batteries were seized from the car lying parked outside the railway station," Haryana`s Director General of Police, Ranjiv Dalal, who along with senior officials of Haryana Police rushed to the spot, said.

Bomb disposal squads were summoned from Madhuban and other neighbouring places. A box of sweets was found lying in the car, which showed that it was purchased from Jammu`s Bari Brahmna area besides two newspapers from Jammu and Kashmir. The car was bearing a fake Haryana registration number and police suspect that it was a stolen one.

When asked if the intended target of the terror plot could have been Delhi, Dalal said, "Senior officers from various investigating and security agencies are here. We are probing every angle". As the cantonment area is also located in Ambala, police would also be probing if the target could have been a military installation in the region.

The explosives have been sent for forensic test and a team of National Security Guard (NSG) from Delhi has been rushed to the spot, police said, adding the nature of explosives was being studied.