Bomb scare on Howrah bridge

Last Updated: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 14:43

Kolkata: A thorough search was conducted on the Howrah Bridge after an anonymous call stated that explosives were planted on the iconic iron edifice.

The call, however, soon proved to be a hoax, officials
said.

Howrah Bridge, now called Rabindra Setu, is the link between Howrah station and Kolkata metropolis.

Built during the British period, it is a cantilever
bridge on the Hoogly river. More than 80,000 vehicles and
nearly ten lakh pedestrians use the bridge daily, officials
said.

The police said the control room at Bidhannagar in North
24-Parganas district received a call this morning saying that
explosives were planted on the bridge.

The bomb squad was immediately alerted which sent two
groups with sniffer dogs to the bridge.

The two groups went on an inch-by-inch search of the
bridge for several hours from both Howrah and Kolkata ends.
They also searched the hawkers` stalls and both ends.

Nothing, however, was found, the police said.

Vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the bridge was not
obstructed during the search in order to avoid creating panic,
they said.

Further enquiries were continuing, the police said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 10:58

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