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Three hotels in Bengaluru get bomb threat mail, search operation underway

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

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi Bengaluru Updated on: May 23, 2024 14:16 IST
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Bomb threat: A bomb threat email was sent to three reputed hotels, including The Oterra Hotel situated in Electronic City, prompting authorities to launch a probe. According to the DCP South East Bengaluru, police, bomb squads, and sniffer dogs were dispatched to the hotels to search for any explosives. The threat was delivered in the early hours of the morning at approximately 2:30 am.

The threatening email stated that the bomb threats were intended to "divert attention from the Jaffer Sadiq DMK Drug scandal involving the DMK's first family" by orchestrating the blasts.

"My father DGP Sankar Jiwal IPS has colluded with ISI Pakistan-DMK cells in Coimpattur to carry out a distraction operation to divert attention from the Jaffer Sadiq DMK Drug scandal from the DMK first family. Hence such diversion blasts in Banks are planned. Please evacuate the premises by 2:30 PM or earlier and call the BDSS as soon as possible. Kindly all call at the same time as some person in the BDSS are under my dad's supervision. We dont want the blood in our family's hands! Please ACT.. Don't REACT!" the threat email mentioned.

The hotel staff, upon discovering the alarming message in their inbox in the morning, alerted local law enforcement authorities.

Notably, schools and hospitals in major cities such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Lucknow, as well as airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Nagpur, and Kolkata, along with several government buildings, have reported receiving threats via foreign-based mailing service companies equipped with advanced data encryption. Authorities have launched investigations into these incidents across the affected cities.

Home Ministry receives bomb threat email

The fresh threat was reported a day after the Home Ministry in Delhi received a bomb threat email, but was declared a hoax after nothing objectionable was found. 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 a bomb is planted", a police officer said and added that the IP address and other details of the mail are being checked.

An officer, who did not wish to be named, said the mail was sent from an anonymous Gmail address and the sender is suspected to have used a VPN that masks IP address.

Several schools received bomb threat mails

Earlier in April, bomb threat emails were sent to various schools in Delhi-NCR, Jaipur, Uttar Pradesh, and Bengaluru, causing widespread panic. However, all these threats were eventually determined to be hoaxes.

The Delhi High Court requested a detailed report on these incidents. In response, the Delhi Police submitted a report on May 17, outlining the deployment of five bomb disposal squads and 18 bomb detection teams across the city.

(With ANI inputs)

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