Two Kashmiri youth were picked up for questioning in Kanpur on Saturday after a TV channel told local police that it had received an SMS threatening to blow up the Central Railway Station. The two -- Ishtiyak Ahmad and Shabbir Ahmad -- hail from Srinagar and were detained yesterday and released this morning after no criminal record was found against them, Kanpur DIG, Ashok Jain said on Saturday.
Police said that a Delhi based TV news channel had claimed that it had received an SMS threatening to blow up the station. The police launched a hunt at the station and detained the two. Following their detention, the police contacted the Srinagar SSP, who informed that the two have no criminal record, he said. The two had come to the city to sell shawls in an exhibition.
After a thorough search of the railway station and the trains, the SMS was declared a hoax, he said. He said the security agencies have maintained a tight vigil at the station and the trains are being checked to keep a tab on any movement of anti national elements.