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Hoax call creates security scare in Shillong secretariat

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 19:19

Shillong: An anonymous phone call about
an abandoned bag lying inside the complex, threw security
agencies into a tizzy at the high security Meghalaya
secretariat on Wednesday.

SP (city) M Kharkrang said bomb squad and security
officials rushed to the secretariat after the call, which also
intimated about a letter, and sanitised the entire complex but
only found the letter written in Khasi, not the bag.

The letter was found lying at the door of the cabin of
former Chief Minister D D Lapang as informed by the caller, he
said.

"The caller had said a bag was lying in front of the
ladies toilet, but we could not spot any such object even
after a thorough search of the complex," he said.

The letter, not addressed to Lapang, asked people not
to meet politicians. "People should not come to the
secretariat. Politicians will not do what they promise," the
SP quoted the handwritten letter as saying.

"We have taken serious view of the letter. A case has
been registered and we are on the look-out for the person who
kept it there," the SP said.

One person, believed to have provided police some
leads, is being interrogated but no arrests have been made so
far.

Ruling out any perceived threat, the SP said security
in the secretariat was adequate.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 19:19

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