Bomb-like device triggers panic in shopping mall
A small electronic device with blinking lights found in one of the basements of Sahara Mall at MG Road on Monday put the police and mall security guards in a tizzy. HT reports.india Updated: Sep 20, 2011 01:24 IST
A small electronic device with blinking lights found in one of the basements of Sahara Mall at MG Road on Monday put the police and mall security guards in a tizzy. Visitors at the mall too panicked as it gave the impression of a ticking bomb.
Gurgaon police as well as the mall authority was quick in action. The bomb disposal squad rushed to the mall, and after examination ruled out the presence of explosives and later termed it as a prank played by someone.
According to JK Gupta, head of Sahara Mall and Sahara Grace project "Security guards first spotted the device with blinking light in the first basement of the mall. The guards immediately brought the device out in the open with the help of a bomb blanket and informed the police. Visitors were not asked to vacate the mall as the device was removed by our guards."
The mall officials said that the police reached the spot with bomb detection experts as well as sniffer dogs.
The bomb squad experts then detached the remote control from the device after carefully examining the machine and ruled out the presence of any explosives in it.
"It seems that someone had placed the device deliberately in the mall basement to create panic or play mischief. Fortunately there was no panic and the mall management successfully handled the situation," said SHO Jagdish Prasad, Sector 29 police station.
First Published: Sep 20, 2011 01:21 IST