The Bengaluru police swung into action after six schools in the city received bomb threats on Friday.
“A very powerful bomb has been planted in your school,” the threat mail read. “Bomb squads were immediately deployed at the locations. Senior police officers visited the schools and conducted investigations,” said Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant.
The emails arrived between 11 am and 11.10 am, according to the police officials, and the origin is suspected to be the US. “Schools on the outskirts of Bengaluru have received bomb threat through email today morning. The local police are investigating the issue,” Pant added.
Meanwhile, the school management evacuated students to safer places and alerted parents to take their wards back home. “Examinations were underway at some schools and now the police are probing the origin of the email,” a source said.
The schools that received the threat mail are Delhi Public School (Sulakunte), Ebenezer International School (Electronics City), St Vincent Pallotti School (in Hennur), Indian Public School (Govindapura), Gopalan International School (Mahadevapura) and New Academy School (Marathahalli).
Speaking to The Indian Express, Dr Subramanyeshwara Rao, Additional Commissioner of Police of Bengaluru East Division, said: “We have taken this threat call seriously and we have evacuated students from these schools. We are tracing the source of this email.”
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said a few miscreants were creating such issues to disturb peace. “I have instructed the police to take the matter seriously and investigate and arrest the accused. Students and parents need not worry as the government and police will take appropriate action,” he added.