The report of a bomb in an unclaimed bag on a scooter parked at the Bihar State Cooperative Marketing Union (BISOMAUN) in the heart of the town on Saturday, turned out to be a hoax, police said.
Officer in-charge of the Gandhi Maidan police station Mundrika Prasad said that when bomb disposal squad thoroughly searched the bag, nothing objectionable was found. The bag only contained some papers, he said.
When the owner of the bag was contacted, he said he had forgotten the bag by mistake, Prasad said, adding the person had been called for questioning. Though Prasad did not disclose the name of the owner, he said he had no criminal record.
Earlier, the presence of an unclaimed bag on a scooter triggered a bomb scare in Patna, a day after reports of a bomb planted in the Brahmaputra Mail proved to be a hoax. An anonymous caller phoned the police about the presence of the unclaimed bag, allegedly containing a bomb, sparking panic at the high-rise BISOMAUN building facing Gandhi maidan.
Police asked people to vacate the crowded building. People were seen rushing downstairs and running towards the sprawling ground. The area was combed and the bag was found lying on the scooter.
The scooter's owner was soon traced, who said the bag did not belong to him. The bag was taken to Gandhi maidan police station, and a bomb disposal squad was summoned for its thorough search.