Shirdi: A threatening letter to blow up the Shirdi Airport was received which sent security officials into a state of panic. However, later it all turned out to be a hoax letter.

Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation Vice-Chairman and Managing Director Suresh Kakani said that they received a letter two days earlier stating a bomb had been planted in the airport’s premises. Upon receiving the letter, the officials said that they alerted the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other agencies.

Following the incident, a detailed search of the entire airport was carried out by security agencies, but nothing suspicious was found, indicating that it was nothing but a hoax letter. However, the Shirdi airport administration has beefed the security measures in and around the airport.

Apart from that the local police on Wednesday registered a case against some unidentified people and are probing letter’s origin. The Shirdi Airport was inaugurated by President RN Kovind on October 1 of last year as part of the grand year-long centenary celebrations of the Samadhi of Saibaba which concluded last month.

The airport is located in the temple town of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.