An anonymous call warning that some “terrorists” carrying bombs with them are travelling in one of the coaches of the Mangalore-Chennai express train on Friday turned out to be a hoax, police said.
The Salem railway station received a call at around 9 am stating that 'some terrorists' are travelling in one of the coaches of the Mangalore-Chennai express carrying boms with them.
The railway authorities immediately informed the police, who searched all the coaches of the train thoroughly when it reached here at 9.45 am.
Sniffer dog was also pressed into service. However, no terrorists or bombs could be traced in the train, police said.
The train later left for Chennai. The call was later traced to a local phone booth. Meanwhile, a pistol carried by a police official went off “accidently”, creating panic while the search was progressing in the train.
However, nobody was injured in the incident, police said. Police said the pistol went off ´accidently’ while a police official was unloading it.