Srinagar: A senior People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader had a narrow escape with the timely detection of a powerful improvized explosive device tied to his vehicle in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, official sources said.
Zonal PDP president Ali Mohammad, along with his son, was going to Uranhall village of Homeshalibugh constituency of south Kashmir Anantnag district to attend an election rally when he heard some unusual sound from beneath the vehicle and immediately stopped near Bijbehara, 45km from here, the sources said.
Getting suspicious, he took the vehicle to a workshop at Tulkhan-Bijbehara where the device was detected. Subsequently, bomb disposal squad was called and the police informed.
The experts of the bomb disposal squad removed the explosive device, weighing 3kg, and later defused it, the sources said.
Monday was the last day for campaigning in the 16 constituencies spread over Anantnag, Kulgam, Ramban, Kishtwar and Doda districts, going to the polls in the sixth phase on 17 December.