Srinagar, Jan 13: An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has been detected near HMT Road in Srinagar of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. On the information, the bomb disposal squad was rushed to the spot. Latest reports say that the IED has been defused. Also Read - Srinagar: 8-Month-old Grandchild of COVID-19 Positive Man Falls Victim to Coronavirus

The information about the IED was received at 3 am, informed Rajesh Kumar, Commanding Officer. He also added that a joint team of Civil Police, 2nd Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF carried out a recce of the area. At 9 AM, with help of the dog squad, the IED was recovered and was defused at 11 AM. The IED was placed adjacent to road divider. Also Read - After Brief Relief, Kashmir Enters Lockdown Again, This Time Over Coronavirus

A police official, confirming the developments, was quoted as saying in a Kashmir Life report that a team has been sent to the area. Also Read - After Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti Likely to be Released Today

Meanwhile, traffic on the busy Srinagar Baramulla road was halted from both the sides to deal with the situation.

This is the second instance in recent past that IED’s have been detected.

Earlier this month, an IED went off in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district killing four police personnel on the spot. Three of the four slain policemen were identified as M Amin of Kupwara, Ghulam Nabi of Sopore and Irshad of Doda. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)had claimed responsibility for the attack on 3rd Battalion of Indian Reserve Police (IRP).