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The Central Police Control Room on Tuesday received hoax calls about bombs being placed in as many as ten different spots across the city,including three government-run hospitals.

The Central Police Control Room on Tuesday received hoax calls about bombs being placed in as many as ten different spots across the city,including three government-run hospitals.

While the calls from unidentified persons triggered a lot of panic,after extensive searches at the “targets”,all calls were declared hoaxes

The first call was received around 10.08 am about bombs being planted at three places — Vikas Minar in ITO,Palika Kendra (New Delhi Municipal Council headquarters) in Connaught Place and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital premises – that would be blown up in 10 minutes.

As soon as the call was flashed,bomb disposal squads and dog squads were sent to the spots along with officers. Apart from checking,police presence was increased at the places.

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“We immediately evacuated all three buildings the caller had mentioned and checked each and every corner of the premises,” a senior police officer said.

While the police were conducting extensive checking at the sites,another PCR call came in at 10.22 am about a bomb being placed at the Safdarjung Hospital and not RML Hospital.

A team of South Delhi police,bomb disposal and dog squads immediately reached the Safdarjung Hospital and started search operations. “

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We blocked entry to the premises until we were sure there was no bomb at the site. Only after we ensured that it was a hoax call was entry allowed,” the police officer added.

Yet another call was received at 2.02 pm about bombs at the New Delhi railway station,Town Hall and Vikas Minar,all of which were found to be hoax calls.

A fourth call was made to the PCR at 2.17 pm about a bomb at the Rajiv Chowk Metro station,followed by a call at 2.21 pm about a bomb at the Chandni Chowk Metro station.

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Metro officials said bomb disposal squads and police teams were called in to perform checks at the station premises and tunnels. However,nothing was found and the stations were declared safe at 4 pm. Metro services were,however,not disrupted during the period.

The last call was received about bombs at the Karkardooma court complex and Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital.

Interestingly,police sources said the first two calls were reportedly made from a PCO inside the Ram Manohar Lohia premises. The police have,however,not been able to identify the caller yet. They are also trying to trace the location/s from where the other calls were made.

Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat confirmed that calls made were hoaxes and added that investigations were on to track down the caller/s and legal action will be taken subsequently.

Meanwhile,daily activity was disrupted at all the buildings targeted by the hoax caller/s.

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“Initially,the fire and police officials asked us to vacate the premises for a routine checking. They didn’t tell us there was a bomb call for our building. We got to know about it only when we came out and were informed by someone who had watched it on television,” Kanchan Bharti,an employee at the NDMC building said.

Hundreds of workers thronged outside Vikas Minar after the building was evacuated. Praveen Kumar,who accompanied his relative to the Safdarjung Hospital,said all present in the Outpatient Department were asked to rush out at 10.30 am,said. “We were told that a call had been made about a bomb at the hospital.”

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Hoax attack
Vikas Minar
NDMC headquarters
RML Hospital
Safdarjung Hospital
New Delhi railway station
Town Hall
Rajiv Chowk Metro station
Chandni Chowk Metro station
Karkardooma court complex
Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital

First published on: 09-09-2009 at 04:19:29 am
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