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Hoax calls keep city on edge

india Updated: Jul 29, 2008 00:42 IST
Kiran Wadhwa

After witnessing 21 blasts in just one day, Ahmedabad continues to be tense but alert with hoax reports pouring in from several areas.

At 7 am, residents of Jashoda Chowkadi alarmed the police when they saw a tiffin box lying at the corner of a road. A few hours later, the police with three cars, sniffer dogs, and bomb disposal experts — with sirens blowing louder than thunder — reached the spot only to find bhindi and roti in it.

“Someone might have left the tiffin there, or even done it to create panic, but it is our duty to check it out," said a senior police official. “There is usually high panic levels after such attacks.”

On Monday evening, the bomb squad again rushed to the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority, when an employee received a call saying that there was a bomb inside the building, but nothing was found later.

At Jashoda Nagar, residents, besides calling the police, cordoned off the area on their own and circled an abandoned tiffin box with sacks of sand and cardboard boxes.

“Even if there were explosives, the impact would have been reduced by half because of the covering,” said Ambrish Brahmabhat, a 46-year-old resident.

The entire locality was seen out and helping the police diverting traffic. “In Gujarat, nobody is afraid. We have seen so much that nothing frightens us anymore,” said Mahindra Patel, a local.

The resident’s hard work was rewarded when a bomb expert gave them a ‘thumbs up’ for the effort they had put in.

On Sunday evening, a hoax report was registered from Civil Hospital. Locals called in police after they found a metal container in a garbage bin outside the hospital.