Bomb scare halts Jhelum Express for 5 hours at Ganjbasoda station

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Oct 2017 11:15:17


Staff Reporter,

Hoax call on Thursday created panic among passengers on Jhelum Express running between Pune-Jammu Tavi-Pune. The train remained halted at Ganjbasoda Railway Station for five hours. GRP and civil police carried out extensive search after boarding of all passengers.

According to railway officials, some unidentified person called the GRP and informed about explosive planted in B-5 coach of 11077 Jhelum Express. The train was stopped at Ganjbasoda station at 11:52 hours. Civil police was also called in to check the bomb. All passengers boarded off the train and bomb detection team, disposal squad personnel checked the coaches. The team checked the trains almost for five hours and finally train left the station at 17:35 hours.

The passengers and railway officers heaved sigh of relief after it was found that there was no bomb or any explosive in the coach as claimed by the unidentified caller. Railway Public Relations Officer (PRO) I A Siddique said, “RPF informed us about the call received at control room claiming explosive in B-5 coach.

Concerned station master pressed the panic button and called all possible officials, including GRP, RPF, District Collector and civil police.” He further said IT Cell and security agency are tracking the call and trying to trace the person. He further added that a few people have been also arrested for questioning in the case.

It is the fourth such case of explosive in train or railway station. Recently, on October 4, security was tightened at Bhopal, Hoshangabad and Narsinghpur stations after unidentified caller threatened to blow up the three railway stations. Earlier on May 26 and July 16, some person called Dial 100 and threatened to blow up the Bhopal and Habibganj stations. However, after searching for hours, Bomb Detection team, Disposal Squad personnel and sniffer dogs did not find out anything.