A phone call on Sunday morning about a bomb allegedly planted at Kashmere Gate Metro station sent security agencies into a tizzy. They later discovered that it was a hoax call apparently made by a six-year-old boy.
A senior police officer said the Police Control Room (PCR) received a call around 7.45 am from a mobile number about a bomb at Kashmere Gate Metro station near the Interstate Bus Terminus.
“After receiving the PCR call, a team of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Delhi Police and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials immediately took anti-sabotage steps,” the officer said.
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“The caller warned of a big explosion at Kashmere Gate Metro station. The station premises and trains were thoroughly checked but nothing suspicious was found,” a police officer said.
“With the help of technical surveillance, the mobile number was traced to Kirari locality in Outer Delhi. Investigators later reached the spot and took the mobile phone’s owner into custody. However, he denied making any hoax call. Later, it was found that his six-year-old son had made the call from his phone,” the officer said. The man was later released after he apologised for his son’s act.
Metro officials said train operations remained unaffected despite the hoax call.