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By A Newsman

Silchar, 05 November: THE Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has foiled a suspected bid by militants to carry out bomb blasts at Sonai in Barak Valley, located about 18 km off Silchar.

Sonai is one of the major business hubs in the eastern parts of Cachar district and is inhabited by both Hindus and Muslims.

Acting on a tip off, jawans of the CRPF’s 147 Battalion stopped a passenger car near Sonai Bridge on Friday afternoon and recovered a sizable amount of explosives from it.

Wrapped in a red cloth, the explosives were kept in a school bag inside the Mahindra Maximo Van that was coming from Binnakandi Ghat in Lakhipur Sub-division. The seized explosives include 20 gelatin sticks weighing around 2.630 kg, 10 detonators, and a nine feet long electric wire.

At the time of the recovery, there were nine passengers ~ three men and six women in the vehicle ~ and the driver. CRPF jawans took all of them and the vehicle to Sonai police station. Police and senior CRPF officers then jointly questioned all of them but none claimed the ownership of the bag.

Driver Sachin Das, who hails from Sonai, maintained that the passengers had boarded the car at Binnakandi when he was having lunch and he hence, he could not say who kept the bag.

Police allowed all the passengers and the driver to go by jotting down their addresses but a woman passenger from Jiribam in Manipur has been kept under scanner.

The assistant commandant of CRPF 14 Battalion said that that they had prior information that militants were plotting a blast at multiple locations in Sonai and thus had launched a naka checking leading to the recovery of the explosives.

The amount of explosives that has been seized is enough to blow up entire Sonai market area, he said, adding that effort was on to pinpoint those behind the subversive plans.