Hoax bomb call halts Delhi Metro service for half hour

June 20th, 2008 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Hundreds of passengers panicked and the Metro train service on a busy line was suspended for half-an-hour after an anonymous caller informed that a bomb had been planted in a Delhi Metro station Friday. This was the second hoax bomb call at Chawri Bazaar metro station, on the Central Secretariat-Delhi University line, in less than a month.

“The call was received by the police. Immediately thereafter, entry to the Chawri Bazaar station was stopped and a joint inspection of the station and the track was done by the Delhi Police and the Central Industrial Security Force,” metro spokesman Anuj Dayal said.

“Train services were stopped at the station for 29 minutes from 2.42 p.m. to 3.11 p.m. However, nothing was found and the call was declared a hoax,” Dayal added.

Delhi Metro is the modern mass transport medium in the national capital. Currently, it ferries over 600,000 passengers on its 68-km network. Construction work is underway to add another 120 km to the existing network.

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