Bomb hoax calls create panic in Delhi
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 19:48
New Delhi: A series of hoax calls claiming bombs have been placed at crowded places, including two government-run hospitals, created panic in the national capital on Tuesday and kept the policemen on their toes.

The Central Police Control Room (PCR) received three calls from unidentified persons during the day but after extensive searches at the "targets", all the calls were declared hoax.

The first hoax call was received at around 10:30 AM that bombs have been placed at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, Palika Kendra (NDMC headquarters) in Connaught Place and Vikas Minar (DDA HQ) in ITO, police said.

A second call came within minutes claiming the bombs were placed in Safdurjung Hospital and not in RML, which prompted police to conduct searches at both the places.

The hoax calls did not stop there, and once the search operations were over at these places, police received another call at around 2 PM that bombs were placed at Vikas Minar and a parking area near Rajiv Chowk in Connaught Place.

Immediately after receiving the first call, Quick Response Teams were rushed to the sites and people were evacuated from those buildings. Dog squads and bomb disposal teams were also rushed to the sites to carry out searches.

The evacuation exercise led to chaos and traffic jams near Safdurjung Hospital as a large number of people gathered there. Palika Kendra also witnessed similar scenes where many employees were evacuated.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 19:48

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