Bomb threat at Akola bus stand proves to be hoax

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Akola, Nov 14 (UNI) An anonymous call saying a bomb had been planted at the new bus stand of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) here proved to be a hoax after a thorough search today.

ST traffic controller Savita Subash Nagwanshi this morning received an anonymous call saying that a bomb has been planted in the premises of the bus stand. She immediately informed the senior officials who, as a precautionary measure, evacuated waiting passengers at the bus stand. As the news filtered out, panic and fear gripped the staffers and passengers. The officials decided to divert the operations to the old bus stand, police said.

A dog squad and a bomb detection and disposal squad from Amravati arrived here at noon today, who conducted a thorough search of the premises but they found no explosive material.

The ST bus operations were finally restored at around 1600 hrs, police said.

Meanwhile, one person, identified as Asharaf Sattar, has been taken into custody following a woman, Asarabai Khangal, of Mehkar tehsil in Buldhana district, informed the police about a person who was talking on a mobile phone about the bomb.

During investigation, Sattar revealed that he hailed from Saurashtra in Gujarat and was talking to his relative on the phone about the bomb threat. The woman mistook the conversation, police added.

UNI

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