Recovery of cartridges outside Ludhiana school leads to panic

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2015 23:54 IST

There was panic in the city following the recovery of 268 cartridges outside Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM) school at Civil Lines on Wednesday morning. As the word spread, parents made frantic calls to the school.

The police immediately swung into action in wake of the terror threat and advisories issued by the Intelligence Bureau ahead of Independence Day. Senior police officials, along with bomb detection teams and a dog squad, reached the spot.

The police recovered 268 cartridges used in hunting of animals that were lying outside the school in a bag. A large number of parents also reached the school to bring back their wards but as the police had cleared the area, the school continued.

The incident took place around 9 in the morning when the driver of a school bus spotted the bag containing cartridges and informed the school authorities who sounded the police. Assistant commissioner of police Ramneesh Chaudhary reached the spot and checked the entire school premises.

Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Narinder Bhargav said that of the total cartridges found on Wednesday morning, 262 were those used in hunting animals while the rest were demo cartridges used for making sound during hunting.

He said that ahead of Independence Day the police had established a large number of check posts at different points and they were keeping a strict vigil on anti-social elements. The DCP said someone carrying these cartridges might have thrown them due to heavy police presence on roads these days.

The police are also scanning the CCTV footage from the area so that the person responsible for this could be arrested. The police have registered a case at Division Number 4 under the Arms Act.

Panic at school

As the rumour of a bomb recovery spread across the city through social networking sites, parents made a beeline to the school. Principal Navita Puri appealed to the parents that the campus was safe and there was no need to panic. An official statement from the school said, "A rumour about a bomb was spread by mischief-mongers that led to chaos and panic on the school campus. The hoax call scared the parents. The principal sent a message to parents saying everything in the school was safe and there was no need to panic."

The statement said that among the crowd there were some mischief-mongers who tried to create panic, but with the help of police the dispersal of students was done at the regular time in a peaceful manner.

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