Bomb hoax in Chandigarh eatery causes scare

October 21st, 2008 - 12:54 am ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Oct 20 (IANS) An unclaimed lunch box lying near a fast food outlet here, less than a kilometer from the Taj hotel where the Indian and Australian cricket teams are staying, caused a scare Monday evening.The police launched an extensive search operation after an alert call from the eatery.

“We got a call from an employee of the fast food joint about the suspicious tiffin box. The police immediately reached the spot but after a close examination we did not find anything (untoward),” Ramesh Chander, a police officer said.

The lunch box was found lying outside the fast food outlet in the Sector 17 commercial hub, the police said.

Heavy security arrangements are in place in Sector 17, especially in and around the upscale Taj hotel.

“Someone might have dropped it there, but as a precautionary measure, we conducted a search in the whole area,” Chander said.

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