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Explosive materials recovered from Tanur

By Our Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE, JAN. 25 . The police today recovered explosive materials from the Tanur railway station in Malappuram district. The explosive materials, including a kerosene stove, five glass bottles and two plastic tins containing petrol, were found on platform 2 of the railway station. All seven bottles were attached with a chord as found on an oil lamp to draw up fuel to the flame by capillary action, the police said. It was spotted by the station master at 2.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The police are interrogating a fishworker Yusaf (22), who alleged that he was attacked by a four-member gang with knives and a petrol bomb at the railway station at 2 a.m. He is undergoing treatment at the Tirurangadi Taluk Hospital, the police said.

Yusuf told the police that the gang had lobbed a petrol bomb at his fish shed adjoining the railway station when he threatened to inform the police of the gang's plan to plant a bomb at the railway station. The fish shed was destroyed in the attack. The gang attacked him with knives before escaping on motorbikes.

Yousuf said he informed the stationmaster, who alerted the police about the incident.

The police have tightened security measures in Malappuram district.

Senior police officials and forensic experts said the explosive materials were powerful enough to blow up a compartment if thrown into the train.

A case has been registered in this connection.

Meanwhile, in Kozhikode city, police conducted a thorough search following a call that a bomb had been planted at an electric shop on Francis Road. The dog squad was also pressed into service.

The City Police Commissioner, H. Venkatesh, said vehicle checks, combing operations and special police patrolling were being carried out in the city.

Our Staff Reporter adds from Thiruvananthapuram:

The Central Stadium in the capital where the Governor is scheduled to inspect the Republic Day parade has been put under tight security cover. The stadium has been floodlit and round-the-clock security has been provided.

The City Police Commissioner, Balaram Kumar Upadhyaya, said the police had declared a "stranger's verification day" on Tuesday. He said lodges, railway stations, bus stands and the international airport were being provided security cover. Anti-sabotage and bomb disposal squads have been deployed at the Central Stadium. Police would be deployed on the rooftops of all highrise buildings surrounding the stadium.

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