The FIR, citing locals, said the actual explosion took place between 7.00 and 7.15 pm on Saturday. On Sunday morning, the trolley man who was on a routine inspection at 8 am spotted the damage and alerted his seniors following which a full-fledged railway inspection team was dispatched and reached the site around 9.30 am, as per a railway employee.
According to the Rajasthan police, sections 16 and 18 of the UAPA which deals with terrorist acts and conspiracy has been imposed besides the Explosives Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, Indian Penal Code and the Railway Act. The FIR further stated that “using explosives to damage the railway overbridge was an attempt to endanger the safety and security of the country with the aim to spread terror and cause loss of lives”.
The track, according to railway officials, was started on October 31, 2022. This railway overbridge near Oda is among the highest on this route, at 34 metres. The Udaipur-Asarwa-Ahmedabad train plies on this track daily.
A senior Rajasthan police official said, ” The illegal act, indeed, is an act of disruption. Investigators are on the job to identify those responsible for the act. Preliminary findings suggest that mine explosives and Superpower 90 detonators have been used. The materials collected by various agencies have been sent for forensic examination.”
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said: “A high-level probe is being done. We have called the NIA for the investigation. They will investigate the cause of the incident. We are taking it seriously.”
(With agency inputs)