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The device found at the New Block of the Legislators' Home was found by the Bomb Disposal Squad around 3 p.m. on the staircase between the fourth and fifth floors.
It was similar to the one found yesterday. Crudely packed, the explosive device had a gelatine stick, a battery, an electronic detonator and some powder, besides cotton. However, it was not connected and "not meant to explode,'' the City Police Commissioner, S. Mariswamy, said.
As in Saturday's case, the squad found a poster condemning a "corrupt'' bureaucracy and politicians. It also spoke of a desire of the country's youth to live in a "corruption-free'' environment.
Mr. Mariswamy said the device was probably planted at the same time along with the devices found yesterday. The staircase was rarely used and the squad had searched only the Old Block yesterday.
Police were on their toes right through Sunday as they received anonymous bomb alerts from two other places. But the calls proved to be false.
The police, meanwhile, have found that the anonymous call received before the discovery of the devices on Saturday, originated from a city hotel.
The police were working on some "definite clues'' on the persons behind the incidents.
At least two persons were reportedly taken into custody for interrogation, sources said.
There were tight security measures in and around the Legislators' Home. Mr. Mariswamy was in consultation with the legislators on reinforcing the security. "We have suggested some measures. If they are agreeable, we could implement them,'' he told presspersons earlier.
Mr. Mariswamy said visitors to the Legislators' Home would be screened and their whereabouts ascertained. On the progress of investigations into the planting of explosive devices, he said a team of senior officers was on the job. Forensic experts were testing the devices seized on Saturday.
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