The police have confirmed that the object recovered from the passenger bus bound for Cox’s Bazar in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj is a time bomb. The bomb disposal unit of police from Dhaka reached the spot at around 1 pm on Friday and defused it. The police believe that if the bomb explodes, there will be extensive damage.
This information was given in a press briefing at the Narayanganj Police Superintendent’s office on Saturday.
It was found stuffed in a bag on the back seat inside a Bengal Paribahan passenger bus bound for Cox’s Bazar at Maucha around 10:30 pm on Friday. When the car supervisor saw the matter, they stopped the car at the beehive area of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway and informed the police. The police reached the spot and informed the bomb disposal unit.
Police Superintendent of Narayanganj Golam Mostafa Russell said, ‘The sleeping coach of Bengal Paribahan (Dhaka Metro-B-12-2555) left for Cox’s Bazar from Gabtali in the capital on Friday night. On the way the car supervisor starts counting the number of empty seats in the car. At that time, he saw the bomb-like object inside a bag on the back seat of the car. There was no passenger in that seat. The supervisor of the vehicle informed the driver of the vehicle, who immediately stopped the vehicle and informed the police. There was a risk of loss of life of the passengers if the bomb exploded.’
The SP also said, ‘The police went to the spot and informed the bomb disposal unit for investigation. They arrived at the spot and after testing the bomb-like object, confirmed that it was a ‘time bomb’. If the bomb exploded, the bus would have caught fire and there was a risk of loss of life. The car had a total of 16 passengers including the driver-helper.
Urging all long-distance bus passengers to be more aware, the Superintendent of Police said, ‘Before leaving the vehicle, they should check everything and leave the vehicle. Police are working in coordination with the administration so that no one can cause any major damage around the elections.’
Vehicle supervisor. Hasan said, ‘After deactivating the bomb at around 2 o’clock on Friday, they left for Cox’s Bazar with the passengers. The police of Siddhirganj police station have kept them as witnesses for legal proceedings. They reached Cox’s Bazar on Saturday morning.