Pathankot on high alert: Suspicious bag found; police evacuates railway station

On the morning of the 67th Republic Day, police and security agencies in Pathankot railway station were told about an "abandoned bag". The unattended luggage was thought to contain explosives.

The police with a dog squad reached the spot and put sand bags over the suspicious bag to control the extent of damage if it did indeed contain explosives, reported India Today.

However, ANI later confirmed that no explosives were found by the bomb disposal squad, but it had some army uniforms in it.

IG of Pathankot Lok Nath Angra said that they did not think the objects were dangerous, but they did not want to take any risks.

According to NDTV, two bomb disposal squads were summoned. Hindustan Times reported that sweepers on the Delhi-Pathankot train, Dauladhar Express, found the bag inside the coach but unable to  locate the owner, they threw it on the railway tracks. Police subsequently sealed the area and searched the bag.

The incident was reported as a hoax by The Quint. Pathankot has been on high alert since Indian Air Force base was attacked by terrorists on 2 January 2016.

Updated Date: Jan 26, 2016 16:58 PM

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