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Bomb hoax call shuts Rajiv Chowk for 1 hr

For close to one hour the gates of Rajiv Chowk, one of the busiest interchange stations of the Delhi Metro, were shut on Thursday evening following a bomb hoax call.

delhi Updated: Jan 27, 2011 23:16 IST
HT Correspondent

For close to one hour the gates of Rajiv Chowk, one of the busiest interchange stations of the Delhi Metro, were shut on Thursday evening following a bomb hoax call.

Thousands of people entering the station to catch the Metro were met with closed gates between 3:12pm and 4:11pm today.

Though metro authorities did not make any announcement about the hoax call, many commuters somehow got to know about it and got panicked.

A hoax call about the presence of a bomb was reported at the Rajiv Chowk Metro station around 2.45pm, when thousands of people were already inside the metro station and hundreds were approaching the station.

At 2.51pm Delhi police called the security control room of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and asked them to immediately close all entry gates to ensure that there is no overcrowding inside the station.

"As per instructions of the Delhi Police, all the eight entry gates were blocked at 3.12pm," said a DMRC spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the bomb squad of Delhi police reached the station and conducted a thorough check inside the station.

"We checked the station for about an hour but found no explosives. This was just a hoax call made to spread tension among people," said a police official.

"Finally after carrying out the mandatory checks, the station was declared safe and the entry gates were reopened at 4.11pm," said the DMRC spokesperson.

DMRC officials later said: "The metro services at the station remained normal during this period and the exit of the passengers was facilitated as per routine procedures. The Metro services on all corridors ran normally as per schedule."

But closing of entry gates suddenly without any reason and police movement inside the station created a lot of panic in the commuters.

A DMRC official said the reason of blocking the entries was not made public to avert panic among people.

"We were clueless about the reason of closing the station entry doors. Some people were saying the station got overcrowded, while others said someone died on the tracks. The security guards on duty also did not give us any clear answer," said Jatashankar Lahiri, a commuter.

Mili Sahay, an employee of a private bank, wanted to go to Race Course for an official meeting.

"But when I reached the station premises I found the entry gates closed. I was told that there were some technical problems, which will be sorted soon. I waited for about 30 minutes but the gates did not open. I got to know later about a bomb hoax call," she said.