A typed letter in Punjabi warning of a bomb blast at the high security Punjab mini secretariat complex in Chandigarh Monday led to the evacuation of employees before it proved to be a hoax, police said.
Another bomb scare was reported from near the Lohgarh gurudwara in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar but it too turned out to be a hoax.
"Someone sent a letter written in Punjabi that a bomb has been planted in the premises of the mini secretariat in Sector 9. Following that, employees of the mini secretariat called the police control room and the police station in Sector 3," Harsahai Sharma, station house officer of the Sector 3 police station, told IANS.
"The police reached the spot at 9.15 a.m. and the search operation went for around three hours. We took the help of sniffer dogs and the bomb disposal squad but could not find any explosives," said Sharma.
A transistor radio abandoned outside the Lohgarh gurudwara in Amritsar created a scare in the area till the police and the bomb disposal squad checked it and found that it was a real transistor radio in working condition.