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Business News/ News / Bengaluru news: Students, staff evacuated after 48 schools receive bomb threat

Bengaluru news: Students, staff evacuated after 48 schools receive bomb threat

Bomb threats were reported in as many as 48 schools in Bengaluru through anonymous emails. As a precautionary measure, students and staff have been evacuated.

DK Shivakumar visited one of the school who received bomb threat.Premium
DK Shivakumar visited one of the school who received bomb threat.

As many as 48 schools in Bengaluru received bomb threat emails leading to the evacuation of students and staff members. As soon as parents got to know about the incident, they also rushed to schools in panic to get their children back home safely.

"The email claimed that explosives had been planted on school premises. We received a call from the command centre and immediately rushed our teams to schools which are located in different parts of the city. All students and staff have been safely evacuated from the school premises and a thorough search operation is being carried out," a senior police officer said as quoted by news agency PTI. So far, nothing suspicious has been found yet and prima facie looks like it's a hoax message. Parents need not panic, our teams are on the ground, he said.

In response to the alarming bomb threats, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said “Security measures have been taken, and parents need not panic." Furthermore, he said that he has instructed the police to inspect the schools and enhance security and urged parents to remain calm during this time.

"The police will investigate, and I have directed them to do so. Security measures have been taken, and parents need not panic. I have instructed the police to inspect the schools and enhance security. A preliminary report has been received from the police department," Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said.

In another update, Karnataka Dy CM D K Shivakumar assured parents of children in Bengaluru schools that the threat emails are a hoax call and there is no need to panic. The cyber crime department will take prompt action to resolve the situation.

Initially, the Bengaluru Police Commissioner had informed that numerous anti-sabotage teams were sent to scan the school premises. He further added the bomb threat messages sent to several city schools seem to indicate fake calls, however, every effort will be made to identify the sender of the email.

In a tweet, the Police commissioner wrote, “Some schools in the city were sent 'bomb threat' calls via email early today. Our bomb detection team is rushing to investigate this. From the checks so far, these appear to be false calls. However, all steps will be taken to trace the person who sent the email."

As per the India Today report, schools including Napel, Vidyashilpa in Basaveshwar Nagar and one opposite to Deputy CM's residence were among the schools that were sent bomb threat emails.

DK Shivakumar had also visited a school in Bengaluru and said, "I was a bit dismayed after seeing the news on TV, as some schools I know and the one near my house were also mentioned. So I went out to check. The police have shown me the mail. Prima facie, it appears to be fake (hoax). I spoke to the police... But we should be cautious. Parents are a bit worried, no need to worry. Police are looking into it," he said.

Later in a tweet on on X, he shared an update saying, “In the wake of receiving bomb threats through e-mails to some schools in Bangalore, Sadashiva Nagar NEV School has been visited and inspected. In this case, the police officials have informed about the incident and instructed to conduct a proper investigation."

Karnataka Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara said, "At present, we have received information about 15 schools where threatening e-mails have been received, last year also such threats were received. We cannot take any risk, we are inspecting the schools and are taking all precautionary measures in schools. We will take strict action against those who are making threatening calls. We are looking into all aspects..."

NCPCR Chairperson Priyank Kanoongo says, "We received the information that many schools in Bengaluru received bomb threats. It's a serious concern and it has not happened for the first time...Threats given to schools seriously indicate that it's intended to scare children's guardians regarding their safety and security. We are bringing this to the Commissioner's notice and telling them to ensure the safety of children and try to find out the reason behind such threats..."

(With PTI inputs)

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Published: 01 Dec 2023, 10:49 AM IST
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