Bomb scare at Pathankot Railway Station sends cops in tizzy
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Bomb scare at Pathankot Railway Station sends cops in tizzy

Merely weeks after the Pathankot airbase terror attack, high alert was once again sounded in this border town of Punjab on Republic Day on Tuesday after a suspicious bag was found lying on the railway tracks.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2016 17:16 IST
Vinay Dhingra
Vinay Dhingra
Hindustan Times
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A suspicious bag on railway tracks triggered panic in Pathankot on Republic Day.(AP)

Hours after the Pathankot Railway Station was evacuated triggering security concerns, the Punjab Police on Tuesday said that no explosives have been found in the abandoned bag at the site.

Though the bomb threat at Pathankot Railway Station turned out to be a hoax, it kept police and their railway counterparts on tenterhooks.

People were swiftly evacuated from the area and rail traffic was halted or diverted from the route.

Meanwhile, panic gripped this border town of Punjab on Republic Day, which had been recently witnessed terror attack recently.

The abandoned bag was first spotted by sweepers in the New Delhi and Pathankot-bound Dhauladhar Express who threw it out on the platform.

People noticed the bag and informed the police which immediately swung into action.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) RK Bakshi along with his police force and a bomb disposal squad was rushed to the spot which found out articles of an army man in it.

“We will trace the person who left his bag in the train,” the SSP said.

Punjab is already on maximum alert after the January 2 Pathankot air base terror attack in which seven security personnel were killed.

(With Agency Inputs)

First Published: Jan 26, 2016 13:20 IST