Kolkata, September 7: The Kolkata police on Wednesday received a call from an anonymous male caller who warned the authorities that some one was planning to blow the airport up. The police are still trying to trace the caller, trying to establish whether the threat was real or the call was a hoax. More details about the incident are awaited. Such bomb threats are often reported, but mostly turn out to be hoax calls. However, they cause huge inconvenience to passengers, and a great deal of time and energy is wasted in cancelling and rescheduling flights due to the scare. Security has been stepped up at the airport, to deal with eventuality of a real threat.
The anonymous caller warned of an attack on the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport. The call was made to the police headquarters of the Koklata Police in Lalbazar. The caller made the call at about 1.30 in the night, saying that some one was planning to attack the airport. However, the caller did not name anyone in his call. The security authorities are on alert and a probe has been launched by the police to check the veracity of the claims made in the call, reported India Today. No developments about the caller has come as of yet. The threat call comes mere hours after a bomb scare was reported from Howrah Railway station, here. ALSO READ: Bomb threat call at Delhi Metro station turns hoax
The security of the Howrah station was on Tuesday, alerted after an unclaimed steel tiffin box was found lying on the station’s platform number 20. The box created a panic amongst the passengers at the busy station. Following the discovery, the platforms 20,21 and 22 were cordoned off and all passengers were instructed to leave the platforms. The Bomb Squad and the CID were called in and the entire area was cordoned off, for police investigation, reported NewsX.
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