The letter-bombe which have been posted in India to Jewish firms around the world have created a colossal problem for India's Postal Department.
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Background: The letter-bombe which have been posted in India to Jewish firms around the world have created a colossal problem for India's Postal Department.
During the past few days, 50 letter-bombs have been intercepted in Bombay and New Delhi and handed over to explosive experts.
Sorting at the main exchanges is now continuing at a much slower pace. Suspicious letters and packets are put aside for X-raying.
So far, most of the letter bombs have carried excess postage and have been addressed to various people in Britain, Israel and the United States.
India's Posts and Telegraphs department handles nearly 18-million letters a day in its 100,000 offices throughout the country.
As a precaution, all mail destined for Israel is now being routed through the New Delhi sorting office for checking by senior officials.
SYNOPSIS: Mail sorting in New Delhi, and in many other Indian cities, has slowed since the discovery of more than fifty letter-bombs, posted in India. India's postal department handles nearly eighteen-million letters a day, and the letter-bombs have posed a colossal problem for the authorities. So far, most of the letters with bombs have carried excess postage and have been addressed to people in Britain, Israel and the United States.
As a precaution, all mail bound for Israel is being routed through New Delhi exchanges, and any suspicious letter is set aside for closer examination by explosives experts. These two letters are suspected of containing bombs - they were addressed to israel and the United States.
As a further precaution against letter bombs being undetected, the post office is assigning only senior staff to handle overseas mail. Postal officials say they remain on the alert indefinitely.