IFFI venue under threat

Updated on Nov 29, 2004 05:59 PM IST

A bomb threat reported from one of the main venues of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) sent Goa police into a tizzy.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Panaji

A bomb threat reported from one of the main venues of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) sent Goa police into a tizzy.

A call claiming a bomb had been placed at the newly-built Inox multiplex, in the heart of the city, was received at 8 pm, DGP Amod Kanth told PTI here today.

"We received the call at 8 pm and were able to trace it immediately to an STD booth. We checked the theatre within half-an-hour and were not able to detect such threat", he said adding the threat turned out to be a hoax.

"We will be carrying out a detailed investigation into the matter", said Kanth, who refused to divulge the location of the STD booth.

However, highly-placed government officials denied the bomb threat and said it was part of a police `drill'.

"It was not a bomb scare. We were just conducting a drill to check the response time in case of such an eventuality during the actual event".

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