BENGALURU (India CSR): A bomb threat was received by the Chitrakoota School in Kengeri, Bengaluru, recently, creating panic and chaos among the students, staff, and parents. The school authorities immediately informed the police, who rushed to the spot and evacuated the premises. A bomb squad and a sniffer dog team were also deployed to conduct a thorough search of the school building and the surrounding area.
The police later declared that the bomb threat was a hoax, and that no explosive device was found in the school. The police also launched an investigation to trace the origin and motive of the threat call, and to identify and arrest the culprit.
Details of the Incident
The incident occurred around 9:30 am on Monday, when the school received an email from an unknown sender, claiming that a bomb had been planted in the school, and that it would explode in 10 minutes.
The email also warned that if the school tried to inform the police or evacuate the students, the bomb would be detonated immediately.
The school management, however, did not take any chances, and alerted the police and the fire brigade, and asked the teachers to calmly escort the students out of the classrooms.
The school has around 1,500 students from kindergarten to 12th standard, and around 200 staff members. All of them were safely evacuated and taken to a nearby playground, where they waited for the police to clear the school.
The police cordoned off the area and searched every nook and corner of the school with the help of the bomb squad and the sniffer dog team. The police also checked the CCTV footage and the email details to get some clues about the sender of the threat.
After nearly two hours of search, the police declared that the bomb threat was a hoax, and that the school was safe and secure. The police also assured the parents and the public that there was no need to panic, and that the situation was under control.
Possible Motives and Consequences
The police are yet to ascertain the motive and the identity of the person behind the bomb threat, but they have not ruled out any possibility, such as a prank, a revenge, or a terror plot.
The police are also probing whether the bomb threat was linked to any other recent incidents, such as the bomb threat on the Delhi-Pune Vistara flight1, or the bomb blast at the Indian Air Force station in Jammu.
The police are also examining whether the bomb threat was aimed at disrupting the ongoing exams or creating communal tension in the city, as the school is run by a minority community.
The police have registered a case under the Explosive Substances Act and the Indian Penal Code, and have formed a special team to nab the culprit. The police have also appealed to the public to provide any information or evidence related to the incident.
The bomb threat has caused a lot of trauma and anxiety among the students, staff, and parents of the school, who are still in a state of shock and fear. The school has also suffered a loss of reputation and credibility, as well as a disruption of the academic schedule.
The bomb threat has also raised serious questions about the security and safety of the schools and other public places in the city, and the preparedness and response of the authorities and the agencies in dealing with such emergencies.
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