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Unclaimed bag at Metro creates panic

Security agencies were on their toes after an unclaimed bag was found abandoned at the Iffco Chowk Metro Station on Wednesday. The team of the dog squad and CISF along with the local police reached the spot. The area was immediately evacuated and cordoned off.

gurgaon Updated: May 17, 2012 01:07 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

Security agencies were on their toes after an unclaimed bag was found abandoned at the Iffco Chowk Metro Station on Wednesday. The team of the dog squad and CISF along with the local police reached the spot. The area was immediately evacuated and cordoned off.

The CISF blocked gate no. 2 for an hour. Commuters were only allowed entry from gate no. 1 till the checking was completed. Even as the security agencies conducted checks, Metro service was not affected.

The bag was later found to contain some papers and a coconut. Nobody has come forward to claim the bag, the police said. “We received a call around 4pm that an unclaimed bag was lying at the Iffco Chowk metro station. The CISF team along with the dog squad rushed to the spot. The police did not find anything objectionable in the bag. It contained some papers and a coconut. The bag is in our custody,” said a senior CISF official.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said such incidents were common as commuters often forget their bags at Metro stations.

“Such incidents are often reported at several Metro stations. However, we cannot take such things lightly. We immediately informed the CISF and police about the abandoned bag,” said a DMRC spokesperson. An unclaimed bag was also found at the civil hospital on Thursday.

Police website not updated The tall claims of Gurgaon police of becoming tech-savvy seem to have fallen flat. This is evident as the official website of the Gurgaon police has not been updated for months.

Launched in 2011, the Gurgaon police website www.gurgaon.haryana police.gov.in continues to be an outdated version. Despite the transfer of several senior police officials, information has not been updated on the website. Though senior police officials — commissioner, joint commissioner, DCPs, ACPs and SHOs — have been given new mobile numbers, the website continues to show the phone numbers of the old series. Traffic-related information has also not been updated since August 2011.

In May last year, the then joint commissioner of police, Alok Mittal, had stated that the website would be made more user-friendly. The private-sector IT company, which was awarded the contract to upgrade the website, had completed the work in September 2011.Though a presentation was made to top police officials, the website has not been updated.