THE THAI Consulate in Kolkata received an email and a phone call Monday about a bomb being placed on the premises, which later turned out to be a hoax.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Gaurav Sharma said, “An e-mail claiming that explosives have been placed in the building was received on the official ID of the Royal Thai Consulate-General at around 7.35am and the call was made to the office at around 9.55am.”
Officials at the consulate informed Gariahat police station and a bomb disposal squad and a dog squad were rushed. Senior police officers said that the building was evacuated and a thorough search was conducted but nothing was found and the the call and the mail as declared as hoax.
“We have not found anything … It was a hoax call. We are checking who is behind this,” Sharma said, adding that the police were trying to locate the number from which the call was made. He did not say anything on the e-mail.
According to an officer at the Consulate, the e-mail was noticed at around 9.35 am soon after the office opened. “We received the call at around 9.55 am from a person who identified himself as Mr Ghosh from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) telling us that explosives have reached our office and we must inform the police. The person did not disclose which department of the IB he was calling from despite asking repeatedly and hung up midway,” the officer said.