Drunken men, bored students or children fearing parent-teachers meetings are keeping the Delhi Police on their toes these days.
The police said though they received hoax calls ranging from death threats to politicians to terrorist attacks, a whopping 95 per cent were those about bomb planted in the city.
Figures tell it all
According to police records, in 2009 the Delhi Police Control Room received 138 bomb hoax calls throughout the year. This year till May 10, the police have already been bombarded with 83 bomb hoax calls. “If the frequency of bomb hoax calls continues to rise, then by the year end the figures will double from last year,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.
Every time the police receive a bomb call, a lot of time and energy is spent in finding the bomb. “When the PCR receives a bomb call, we immediately call the local area police and ask them to secure the area. Then the bomb and dog squads comb the whole place. All these consume a lot of manpower and time,” added the officer.
The CISF, in charge of security at IGI Airport, also received 15 bomb hoax calls last year. These calls led to flight delays and problems to airlines and passengers alike.
Tackling the menace
If the amendments in the Delhi Police (Amendment) Bill, 2010, are followed through, then soon it will become difficult for hoax callers to go scot-free. “With the amendment, it will become possible to imprison the accused for at least three months and extend a fine of Rs 10, 000 or both,” the officer said.