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Itarsi bomb scare: Hoax caller ‘not from minority community’

The 16-year-old, who worked at a grocery store, had called to claim that bombs had been planted at two platforms of the station Tuesday.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published: February 4, 2016 12:52:21 am

A day after a bomb scare at Itarsi station led to a massive search operation, railway police has described the minor accused as a boy who “neither has a criminal record nor does he belong to a minority community’’.

The 16-year-old, who worked at a grocery store, had called to claim that bombs had been planted at two platforms of the station Tuesday. But no bombs or explosives were found at the station or in trains that passed through it for a couple of hours after the call.

Asked about the press note, Investigating Officer Darshan Singh tried to play down the mention by saying that a terrorist can belong to any religion. He admitted that police had at the back of their mind Syed Ahmed Ali, a terror suspect who fled from the Itarsi station on January 20. Ali, who had been arrested for similar threats, was being taken to Lucknow from Vellore when he escaped. He is yet to be arrested.

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