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Kolkata police on tenterhooks

The city police were placed on high alert after two TV news channels today evening received an email threatening serial bombings.

india Updated: Jul 29, 2008 22:48 IST

An e-mail threatening that landmark buildings including West Bengal assembly and Calcutta High Court, in the city would be blown up tonight sparked a security and bomb disposal squad personnel swung into intensive search operations for possible explosives.

Reacting to the e-mail threat received by a TV channel, city police said they were looking into such threats of explosions at various vital installations in the metropolis, and asked the people not to panic.

"We are trying to trace the sender of the e-mail", police said.

"We have certain information that that there are explosives in some of the vital installations in the city and we are putting in all our efforts to find out the truth involved in the information. So far, no explosive has been found", Additional Commissioner of Police Subrata Narayan Sarkar told reporters.

Police said they were investigating the matter by trying to locate the remote server in the TV channel.

According to the police, the e-mail said "some of the important areas of the city like Park Street, Salt Lake and Nicco Park and some landmark buildings like the High Court and the state assembly, would be blown up by 10.30 pm tonight."

Asked about it, Sarkar said "the city police force have been put on alert and we have asked the bomb squad to check whether there is any exlosive".

Special police arrangements have been made at the High Court and the gate of the assembly. All the senior officers are on the road "and we are trying to keep the city safe".