Bomb scare at Vadodara railway station

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Vadodara, Aug 2 (UNI) The banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) continued to keep the city police on their toes by sending yet another threat letter to blow up the Vadodara railway station today.

The hand-written letter, addressed to the station master, is the latest in a series of hoax bomb threats here since the terror attacks in Ahmedabad city on July 26 that claimed 55 lives and left over 100 others wounded.

Taking no chances, city police, Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel virtually sealed the station after the threat letter was discovered from the station marster's daily mails this afternoon. The letter claimed that a bomb had been planted in the station and it would go off soon.

Police heaved a sigh of relief after nothing was recovered from the platforms or the passengers after a three-hour search operation carried out with the help of sniffer dogs and other metal detectors. Train services were, however, not affected, Vadodara divisional railway manager (DRM) Suhash Kumar said.

As a precautionary measure, Ms Kumar said she had already stopped issuing platform tickets to relatives of passengers and ordered round-the-clock checking of passengers in and around the Vadodara station.

The threat letter which was reportedly sent through post in the name of SIMI, has baffled the top cops as it is the sixth in the series to be received in the last three days.

Earlier on Thursday, police had a tough time in controlling the tense situation in the city after five vital institutions in the city, including Vadodara Stock Exchange, Mandvi-based Bank of Baroda Headquarters, Central bus depo and two leading Gujarati dailies -- Sandesh and Gujarat Samachar, received similar threat letters in the name of the banned outfit.

Top police sources said all the letters seemed to have been written in Hindi by one individual and efforts were on to reach the source of the letter, which was aimed at creating tension in the city.

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