Additional police force was deployed at Churchgate railway station in Mumbai on Thursday after the police were informed about an impending bomb blast.
The information came through an anonymous caller to the Railway Protection Force (RPF) control room at around 10:45 am warning about a bomb planted at the busy Churchgate station in the morning, CNN News18 reported.
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Security was immediately tightened, Mumbai Mirror reported, creating a brief panic reaction among the commuters.
The RPF and other security agencies launched a search operation involving among other agencies the Mumbai Police and the Anti-Terrorism Squad which lasted for about two hours-and-a-half.
However, after conducting a thorough search of the station, the police said that the warning turned out to be a hoax. "In the search operation, the agencies did not find anything. As a precautionary measure, security has been tightened at all the stations, including Churchgate," Western Railway's chief public relations officer (CPRO) Ravinder Bhakar told PTI.
#Bomb scare at #Churchgate station: @Central_Railway gets a call at 11:10 am about the bomb, cops search trains with sniffer dogs pic.twitter.com/o7vjTCc5hN — Mumbai Mirror (@MumbaiMirror) July 13, 2017
Both the RPF and the Government Railway Police (GRP) are keeping a close watch at the station and on trains. The police are now making efforts to trace the person who telephoned the Railway Police Force (RPF).
Sachin Bhalode, senior divisional security commissioner of RPF (Mumbai division), said, "Security has been stepped up at all the suburban railway stations and we have asked officials to conduct proper security checks."
With inputs from IANS
Updated Date: Jul 13, 2017 18:15 PM