The British School in the high-security Chanakyapuri area was put under a security lockdown for the second time this month on Friday after the school received a suspicious call.
The VoIP (voice over internet protocol) call was received at the school’s landline number around noon, with the caller demanding to speak to the principal about ‘something very important’.
The school had received a similar call on February 4 when a man claiming to have AK-47s and bombs, including RDX, had threatened to kill everyone in the school.
A case was registered at the Chanakyapuri police station and investigation handed over to the special cell. The special cell officers are still trying to locate the city/country from where the call was made.
After Friday’s call, the school authorities again put the institution in a precautionary lockdown between 12.15 pm and 1.20 pm and informed the police and the parents.
The school management suspects that Friday’s call too was made by the same person who had called the school on February 4.
A team from Chanakyapuri police station rushed to the spot and conducted a security drill after which the school campus was declared safe.
The school administration also issued a statement saying everything was normal after the brief security lockdown.
“The school was locked down for around an hour. Police later gave us an all clear. This was a precautionary move in response to a suspicious phone call. Everyone is safe. School will end at the normal time and buses will also leave at the normal time. Students are being taken to their classrooms. All planned events will take place as usual. (sic),” a statement issued by the school read.
Kumar Gyanesh, additional DCP (New Delhi), said the school receptionist panicked after receiving Friday’s call where the caller asked for the principal with whom he ‘wanted to discuss something very important’.
The receptionist, who immediately disconnected the call, claims that the caller’s voice was similar to that of the person who had threatened to kill everybody earlier this month. The receptionist informed the school authorities who called the police.
“This time, the caller did not use any threatening words. He only wished to speak to the principal. It was a VOIP call and we are trying to trace its location,” said a senior police officer. He added that security around the school had been beefed up after the anonymous call.
A case in connection to this was registered at the Chanakyapuri police station and investigation was handed over to the special cell. The special cell officers are still trying to locate the city/country from where the call was made.