The Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi was evacuated and searched at Ghaziabad Sunday following information about a possible bomb threat. Delhi Police alerted Northern Railways about the threat and advised a thorough check of all trains including Rajdhani and Duronto Express between Delhi and Kanpur.
Delhi Police got a call stating a bomb in a train would explode within 72 hours, said sources. After checking, it turned out to be a hoax call, but coming a day after the Pathankot terror attack, officials stepped up vigil.
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Neeraj Sharma, CPRO Northern Railways, said GRP informed them at 6.25 am. The Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi had already left at 6.15 am.
“The train was stopped in Ghaziabad at 6.48 am and all passengers were de-boarded and their luggage checked by the RPF, GRP, Uttar Pradesh Police and bomb disposal squad. The train was given a clearance at 7.40 am,” he added.
He said the bomb call turned out to be hoax. “We checked different trains and in general increased our security. We are taking all precautions.”
A few trains leaving and arriving at the New Delhi Railway Station were delayed as the anti-terror squad swept the entire premises.
A search operation was also launched across all railway stations in the city, covering all trains on the said route, said an official.
Dumbere Milind Mahadeo, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways), said, “We took all security measures and did not find any suspicious object. We will continue our surveillance.”
Dog squad being used by police to search trains at New Delhi Railway station after bomb scare. pic.twitter.com/YpM7GBvsEX
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 3, 2016