Noida doesn’t have a bomb disposal squad

January 26th, 2009 - 6:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Noida, Jan 26 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Budh Nagar, where two suspected Pakistani terrorists were killed early Sunday in a shoot-out with the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and weapons and explosives including lethal RDX seized, does not have a bomb disposal squad of its own. Noida, the headquarters of the district, is adjacent to New Delhi.In times of emergencies or other crises, the police here have to call in bomb disposal squads from other districts.

Even on Sunday, it was first a team from Ghaziabad police and then subsequently from Meerut that was called to deal with the seized explosives.

The state government Jan 22 announced that bomb disposal squads of about eight districts including Gautam Budh Nagar, Moradabad and Baghpat have been constituted.

But officials say it would take few days more before the squads are ready for service. The purchase of bomb disposal equipments is still on, an official said.

The 1.5 kilograms of RDX recovered from the terrorists had potential to blow up several big buildings in one explosion, senior officials of the bomb disposal squad of Uttar Pradesh police said.

Had the terrorists been successful in their plans, they may have caused widespread destruction in the capital.

“RDX is so lethal that even a 50 gm quantity of it can blow up at least two buildings at a time,” said R.S. Yadav of the Meerut Bomb Disposal Detection Squad, which was called to the site.

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