Another bomb hoax at India Gate
Both Mumbai and Delhi Police are working to find out more details about the hoax phone call and trace its origin.india Updated: Jul 16, 2006 13:31 IST
A massive search was carried out for the second straight day on Sunday at India Gate in New Delhi after police received information that a bomb had been planted at the historic monument, which turned out to be a hoax.
The operation was conducted after Mumbai Police alerted their Delhi counterparts about the possibility of an explosion at the India Gate premises at around 1200 hours. Mumbai Police had received an anonymous call in this regard.
Bomb disposal squads and sniffer dogs were rushed to the spot after the message at around 0930 hours and the entire area was cordoned off and visitors evacuated.
Nearly two hours search of the premises of the first World War monument, however, proved futile.
Traffic along the India Gate circle was regulated and fire tenders and ambulance were kept on a standby during the search.
"We have not found anything. But a strict vigil and tight security in the area will continue," Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi District) Anand Mohan said.
He said both Mumbai and Delhi Police are working to find out more details about the phone call and trace its origin.
Additonal forces were deployed in the area and the entry to the monument restricted after the alert.
Police searched the India Gate premises on Saturday also following an anonymous phone call about bombs being planted there, which also turned out to be hoax.
Delhi Police had been on the toes after the Mumbai blasts as it received a series of hoax phone calls and e-mails threatening attacks at several places including Akshardham temple, Red Fort, Gurudwara Sisganj and PVR Plaza multiplex.
Police has also arrested an 18 year old youth, Shadaab, from North East Delhi in the wee hours of Sunday for allegedly making hoax phone calls claiming that explosives were planted at various places in the capital.