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Home Ministry receives bomb threat email, authorities on alert at North Block

The DFS official said a dog squad and bomb disposal and detection teams along with police and fire department personnel conducted the searches but nothing was found.

Edited By: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: May 22, 2024 23:48 IST
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The Home Ministry on Wednesday received a bomb threat email following which all the concerned security authorities have been put on alert and search operations are underway.

The Delhi Fire Service department informed that the bomm threat email was received from the Police Control Room at the North Block. Two fire tenders have been rushed towards the North Block, it said.

North Block is a VVIP area which houses several government offices including the Home Ministry, Finance Ministry among others.

According to reports, nothing suspicious has been found yet.

What bomb threat message said

The threat was received through an email around 3.30 pm by a senior officer posted at the ministry, according to a Delhi Fire Services (DFS) official.

It was written in the email that the "building will explode as bomb is planted", a police officer said and added that the IP address and other details of the mail are being checked.

Police and fire department personnel, a dog squad, and bomb disposal and detection teams were deployed for the search operation at the North Block. Fire official Prem Lal said two fire tenders were also there.

The Delhi Police after conducting a thorough search of the building announced the bomb threat to be a hoax.

"A thorough search has been carried out in the entire building and nothing suspicious has been found. Security agencies have come to the conclusion that the mail was a hoax," a source in the home ministry said.

In the past few weeks, bomb threat emails have been received by many establishments in the national capital, including schools and hospitals.

Delhi's Chacha Nehru Hospital received a bomb threat on April 30 while more than 150 schools got threats from a Russia-based mailing service company on May 1.

Twenty hospitals, the IGI Airport and the Northern Railways’ CPRO office in Delhi received bomb threats through emails from a Cyprus-based mailing service company on May 12.

Seven Delhi hospitals and the Tihar Jail received bomb threats from the same Cyprus-based mailing service company on May 14. The Delhi Police is conducting investigations into the email bomb threats.

A few weeks ago, over 100 schools in the Delhi-NCR region had received bomb threat emails, which created a panic situation across the national capital as security agencies, and school management struggled to maintain calm concerning the security of the students.  

With inputs from PTI

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