Panic gripped Qadian residents after a bomb-like object spotted by a student near Khalsa Senior Secondary School on Wednesday.
As per information, around 10am, Ramandeep Singh, a student of Class 9 student, came across a black polythene bag containing a plastic box and electric wires lying in bushes in the ground in front of the school and informed his class teacher subsequently.
Suspecting the object to be dangerous, the class teacher informed Qadian station house officer (SHO) and within minutes, the entire area was swamped by police.
Following information, Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inderbir Singh, too, rushed to the spot and after inspecting the polythene bag, he called in bomb disposal squad of the Punjab Armed Police, Jalandhar.
Taking a preventive measure, police meanwhile asked the school authorities to vacate the school building and policemen cordoned off the entire area.
The bomb disposal squad reached the spot by 1pm and after primarily inspection, they put on explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) suits to diffuse the suspected bomb, which turned out to be a starter of some tubewell with a small pipe and some wires wrapped around it.
The operation ended around 2 pm, with the SSP ruling out it to be a bomb.
“To create panic among the people, some anti-social element had dropped the bomb-like object in a plastic bag — a plastic box with wires wrapped around it — in the bushes of the ground. The culprit will be arrested soon,” he added.
The SSP appealed to the people to be alert, but not to spread rumours. If anyone found spreading such rumours, he would be dealt strictly, he added.
Instead of taking the help of army personnel from Tibri Military station, which is just 25 km away, police asked for bomb disposal squad from Jalandhar, which is 80 km from Qadian.