Agra: The Taj Mahal complex in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra was vacated on Thursday morning after a bomb threat call which later turned out to be hoax, officials said. Police evacuated all the tourists present inside the premises of Taj Mahal and shut the monument for public. However, the bomb threat later turned out to be fake. Also Read - Fact Check: Is Taj Hotel Offering Free Stay to Couples During Valentine's Day? Here’s The Truth
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was alerted after the fake bomb threat, police said. Police have traced the location of the man who made the call from Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - Microsoft Launches New Office Space, Inspired By Taj Mahal, in Noida | Check Video, Pics Here
“CISF has been alerted. The man’s location was traced to Firozabad. Further investigation underway,” said Shiv Ram Yadav, SP (Protocol), Agra.
Police received information from the control room that a man called them saying there are discrepancies in the military recruitment and he was not recruited.
The man said: “A bomb is kept at Taj Mahal which will explode soon.”
“Security check is being done around Taj Mahal,” the police officer said.
“Bomb Disposal Squad and other teams carried out extensive search at Taj Mahal premises. No such object has been found yet. Man who called up to give info (of bomb) will soon be traced. I’d like to assure you that there’s 99 per cent chances of it being hoax call,” said A Satish Ganesh, IG Agra.
Here’s how events unfolded:
- An unidentified person called the 112 emergency response number of the Uttar Pradesh police at around 9 am and claimed that a bomb was kept inside Taj Mahal.
- The Uttar Pradesh police immediately informed the CISF personnel.
- The CISF then asked visitors to vacate the premises and launched anti-sabotage checks around 9:15 am.
- A bomb disposal squad and other other security teams carried out checks in and around Taj Mahal but did not find anything suspicious.