A case was registered against three persons on Tuesday in connection with the hoax bomb call in a private school in Pandori Khajoor village, which had kept the police on tenterhooks for several hours on Monday here.
The accused include SIM card dealer Kamaldip Singh, buyer of the SIM card, Chander Mohan and Rohan, an employee of Bharti Airtel Ltd.
The case has been registered under sections 420 (fraud), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 34-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code at Bulhowal police station.
Police said preliminary investigation had revealed that Chander Mohan had made the phone call to Sri Harkishan Public School to say that a bomb had been planted on its premises. The call had created a flutter with the school getting evacuated and police launching a massive search operation. The call, however, was found to be a prank.
Investigation led the police to Chander Mohan, a resident of the same village, who had bought the SIM card on the forged identity of another person. Since only one call had been made from the given number, the police had to track the IMEI number of the concerned cell phone. The procured details guided them further to a few girl students of the school whose involvement is now under scanner.
Although police officials told media that the girls had probably played the prank to get the ongoing examinations cancelled, they were looking into some other angles also, which would only be revealed on further investigation.
The school management deliberated on the issue on Tuesday and decided to take stern action against the students if their involvement in the incident was proved. “It is a serious matter. We will take strict action against the students in case they are found guilty,” said school principal Kiranpreet Kaur Dhami.