The Gurgaon Police received a bomb threat call from an anonymous source, resulting in the evacuation of people from Sahara Mall on MG Road on Friday evening. However, after an extensive search, no bomb was found.
Police swung into action after it received the call around 5 pm from an unidentified person, who claimed the bomb has been planted inside the mall.
“Police immediately alerted the mall authorities. A team of 300 police personnel, including the bomb squad, Traffic police, rapid action force and security guards reached the spot. The entire mall was evacuated,” Rajesh Kumar, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Gurgaon, said.
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An extensive search was carried out for three hours in the building but nothing was found, the ACP said.
The number used by the caller has been traced to Delhi. However, the last location of the number was Gurgaon, the ACP said. “The number of the caller has been traced. He made the hoax call through a fake SIM card. “He will be arrested soon,” Kumar said.
According to a senior traffic officer, the bomb scare caused a huge traffic congestion on MG Road which was later cleared.
“Since it was a Friday and most of the malls are located on MG Road, there was a gridlock for a short while. It was later cleared by the traffic team,” the officer said.
According to sources, the mall was later sealed and closed for the day and heavy police force was deployed in the area.
An alert has also been issued to the other malls on the road, a senior officer said.