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Police defuse pipe bomb discovered on Advani's yatra route

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Tamil Nadu police today defused a pipe bomb placed under a culvert across a river at Alampatti village near Tirumangalam over which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani's "Jan Chetna Yatra" was scheduled to pass later in the morning.

A senior police officer told UNI that two PVC pipes, which were bound together, were recovered. One of the pipes was filled with about ten kg of gelatine powder while the other was empty.

The pipe bomb was connected to a battery with a 25 metre-long fuse wire. The battery was concealed under a palm tree near the bridge. The bomb was so powerful that it could shatter the 100 m long bridge had it been triggered, he said.

Police also seized a pair of medical gloves from the spot.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the gelatine powder was procured from Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district. "We suspect that it could be the handiwork of either a terrorists group or a Moaists group," he said.

The pipe bomb was first noticed by the locals, who alerted the police this morning. The bomb was defused and taken to Madurai for forensic analysis.

Following the incident, the original route of the BJP leader's yatra was changed. Mr Advani, who planned to go to Srivilliputhur via Tirumangalam, took a circuitous route via Virudhunagar.

However, undeterred by the incident, Mr Advani proceeded with his country-wide yatra. He addressed wayside meetings at Srivilliputhur, Rajapalayam, Tenkasi and Puliyankudi, highlighting issues on corruption and black money.

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