A suspicious object led to a bomb scare in Connaught Place in the heart of the national capital on Wednesay evening but it turned out to be a box containing currency notes, police said.
Two foreign nationals, said to be Nigerians, had taken an auto-rickshaw from Paharganj to Connaught Place in the afternoon. When a police constable, noticing their "suspicious behaviour", stopped them and questioned them, they fled, leaving a bag in the auto-rickshaw, a police official said.
The bag was taken to the Connaught Place police station and an electronic safe was found in it, which a bomb defusal squad (BDS) could not open. The BDS of the Crime Branch was called for help and so was a team of the the National Security Guard (NSG), even as sniffer dogs did not find anything suspicious, the official said.
The safe was finally taken to an abandoned place and the lock was blown open, and it contained only a few currency notes sandwiching a bunch of white papers of the same size, the official said.