A bomb threat at Ambala cantonment railway station on Wednesday morning turned out to be a hoax but it kept police and their railway counterparts on tenterhooks through the night.
More than 100 police personnel, including senior officials and bomb detection and disposal squads, sweated it out at the station for hours after a phone call was received late on Tuesday night about a bomb at the station.
Police said they did not take any chances after Rinku, a resident of Jagadhri town near Yamunanagar, informed them about the possibility of a bomb attack at Ambala and Jalandhar stations.
Superintendent of police, railways, Manisha Chaudhary said that Rinku arrived at the Ambala Cantt station in a drunken state on Wednesday morning and had been detained for questioning.
A railway police official said Rinku claimed having heard three to four suspicious persons in Yamunanagar talking about planting bombs in two cars at the Ambala and Jalandhar stations.
Chaudhary said nothing suspicious was found and a background check was being run on Rinku to ascertain if he was an informer or up to mischief. “Police teams thoroughly checked the station and parking lots but nothing suspicious was found,” she said.
Meanwhile, train services remained unaffected on the route.