Bomb threat call causes scare at 4 stations
Police tightened security at four major railway stations on Sunday, after a call to Dahisar railway station threatened bomb blasts. Later, after a thorough check, the call was determined to be a hoax, reports Shahkar Abidi.india Updated: Feb 23, 2009 01:30 IST
Police tightened security at four major railway stations on Sunday, after a call to Dahisar railway station threatened bomb blasts. Later, after a thorough check, the call was determined to be a hoax.
The police said the call came at 8.30 am on Sunday.
A. Barge, the station manager at Dahisar, answered the phone and the caller said that bombs had been planted at Borivli, Dahisar, Bandra and Ghatkopar stations and would explode any time.
Barge immediately inform-ed the railway police at the Dahisar station.
The police tightened security at all four stations. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad was summoned, with sniffer dogs in tow.
These being among the busiest stations in the city, the security detail was extensive and the searches thorough.
The baggage and seats inside these trains were searched by the railway police. Even the commuters in the trains and on the platforms were scanned with handheld metal detectors.
All trains pulling into the stations were combed and thoroughly checked. “The call later turned out to be hoax,” said Government Railway Police Commissioner A.K. Sharma.
The police said the call was traced to a PCO in Dahisar. “We questioned the PCO owner but have not been able to find any clues to the caller’s identity,” said Sharma.
The police said train services were not affected by the security check.
“Though we keep getting such calls, we take each call seriously,” said Sharma.
First Published: Feb 23, 2009 01:29 IST