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Bomb threat on Yeshwantpur-Howrah Express

Written by: Staff

Chennai, May 6: The Yeshwantpur-Howrah Express was detained for about 30 minutes at Jolarpet Junction and subsequently another 20 minutes at Katpadi Junction following a bomb threat late last night.

Railway sources said the bomb threat was received by Bangalore City Police control room and they alerted the railway authorities.

When the train approached Jolarpet Junction, it was stopped for about 30 minutes and the bomb disposal squad conducted a through search. Nothing was found. However, the train was again stopped at Katpadi for 20 minutes and searched again. No explosive was located.

Later, the train left for its destination.

Security measures have been tightened further in all important stations of Southern Railway, especially Chennai Central, following an anonymous bomb threat letter received by the authorities. The letter was received by the anti-bomb squad located at Chennai Central. The letter said bombs had been planted in 10 important railway stations, including Chennai, and would be triggered.

Anti-bomb squad members alerted high authorities, who ordered for additional security measures in all important railway stations and other vital installations, railway sources said.


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