Bomb hoaxes in Meghalaya created panic

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Shillong, Nov 3 (UNI) Close on the heels of security agencies identifying places vulnerable to terror, two bomb hoaxes created panic in different locations at police bazaar in Meghalaya.

In the first incident, an unclaimed handbag was abandoned in front of a restaurant. The police cordoned-off the area and took away the suspicious object.

Minutes later, the police were alerted of another unclaimed handbag of a woman hanging on an electric pole on GS Road a few metres away from the first spot. However, the owner later claimed it.

The two abandoned bags created panic and brought traffic to a halt in the busy GS Road area. The situation, however, returned to normal after senior police officials, along with bomb disposal unit, rushed to the spot and found that there were only clothes inside the bag.

According to intelligence officials here the assessment of the 11 vulnerable places in Meghalaya was made with inputs from central intelligence agencies located in Shillong.

Of these, four each are located in Shillong and Garo Hills and three in Jaintia Hills district.

Interestingly, a visible drawback of the entire response team of the bomb disposal squad was seen when the jeep was caught in traffic snarl as it had no beacon light to have right of way.

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