Chandigarh dist court gets bomb threat, turns out to be hoax


Chandigarh, Jan 24: Chandigarh police went into a tizzy on Tuesday when they received information about a bomb threat in the district court complex here.
However, after a thorough search, police found it to be a hoax.
The district court complex on Tuesday afternoon was evacuated after a bomb threat information received by the Chandigarh police, but no suspicious item was found post a thorough check of the complex, officials said.
“During the anti-sabotage check of the court complex, an abandoned tiffin box was found which was isolated and the area was cordoned off for safety purposes,” the Chandigarh police said in a statement.
The suspected article was examined by bomb disposal squad teams of Chandigarh police, Punjab Police and Army HQ of Chandimandir and no explosive item was found rather it was just a tiffin box with food item, it said.
“The anti-sabotage check and search operations were conducted by the teams for nearly five hours with all precautions. No explosive substance/material was found at the spot,” the statement said.
Senior officials said the Chandigarh police control room was informed by the Haryana Police that they had recovered a letter, which claimed that bombs were planted in the district court and inter-state bus terminus here.
Searches were also conducted in the bus stand as well as the high court complex here, they said.
“We had received information through police control room that there could be a bomb in local district court and bus stands,” Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police Manisha Chaudhary told reporters here.
She said Chandigarh police control room had received a call from Haryana Police control room who conveyed that they had recovered a letter mentioning the threat.
“During the search of the district court complex, we found a carry bag which contained a tiffin and a water bottle. We have got it checked and prima facie nothing suspicious was found,” she said. (PTI)