Hoax bomb scare at AP Secretariat
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 21:45
  
Hyderabad: As many as five anonymous phone calls, claiming that a bomb was planted in the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat which houses the Chief Minister's Office among others, today sent the police into a tizzy.

The phone calls, however, turned out to be a haox.

The calls were received between 11.30 am and 12.32 pm at high-security government building, police sources said.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah was attending a function organised by the Mahila Congress in the Gandhi Bhavan when the calls were received in his office.

Despite this, he arrived in his office at around 12.40 pm and went straight into the fourth floor of the Secretariat to address a video-conference with district collectors.

The bomb disposal squad swung into action at around 1 pm and conducted detailed checks for over two hours before concluding that the threat calls were a "hoax", they said.

This was the first time that the CMO received such a bomb scare, official sources said.

The telephone operator who received the calls immediately alerted the Chief Minister's staff following which the issue was brought to the intelligence department's notice.

The "threat" was quietly communicated to Rosaiah a few minutes after the video-conference commenced in presence of a handful of Ministers and top bureaucrats. However, the CM, his Cabinet colleagues and the bureaucrats went ahead with their job, they said.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 21:45


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