Bomb hoax again halts trains on Pathankot-Amritsar section

  • Kamaljit Singh Kamal, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 11:02 IST

A day after a bomb hoax halted trains on the Pathankot-Amritsar section, the Ferozepur railway control office about 2.55pm on Friday alerted Gurdaspur and Pathankot railway authorities to immediately stop the movement of trains as there was a rumour that a bomb was planted on the rail track in Dinanagar area, however the rumour turned out to be hoax, yet again.

Pathankot-Amritsar Ravi Express was halted immediately at Jhakholari railway station and railway engineering department, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP), rail track caretakers and the Punjab Police from Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts swung into action. They searched the track minutely for the bomb, but nothing suspicious was detected, and the rumour turned out to be hoax.

A Pathankot-Amritsar DMU, however, had reached Pathankot minutes before the bomb rumour was spread in the region.
Ravi Express passengers remained stranded for about two hours at Jhakholari station and the train was allowed to move at 4.50pm.
When contacted, Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) RK Bakshi told Hindustan Times that on receiving information about the bomb, police, along with other railway forces, conducted an extensive search on the rail track to ensure safety of the rail passengers and government property.

Gurdaspur SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor said after the three Pakistani terrorists attack the Dinanagar police station on July 27, police was keeping extra vigil to ensure safety and law and order in the area.

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