(This story first appeared in the Maharashtra Times on August 7, 2021)
MUMBAI: On Friday evening, Mumbai police went dizzy after receiving a call from a stranger claiming that bombs had been planted in four prime locations across the city.
The cops received the anonymous phone call at around 8:53 p.m. on emergency number 100. The caller claimed that four bombs had been placed in the stations of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Dadar and Byculla, as well as in the bungalow by actor Amitabh Bachchan.
Upon receipt of the information, the police launched an operation to locate the appellant. However, when contacted again, the person repelled the police and asked them “not to disturb him”.
“I only shared the information I had,” he said, and turned off his cell phone.
Following a massive search in all four locations, security agencies found nothing suspicious.
However, the bomb squad and police have been urged to stay alert.
Senior Mumbai police officers are monitoring the situation.
Central Railway Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Shivaji Sutar said the railway police also searched the CSMT ticket office, waiting area, stalls and docks after obtaining information. Parts of the station premises have been released.
The CIU (Crime Intelligence Unit) of the Mumbai Crime Branch later reported that it had detained two people. They are being questioned in connection with the hoax phone call, officials said.
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