Panic gripped the campus of Infosys Ltd in Kottara here following a bomb hoax call, which swung the police into action and work at the IT major’s premises remained suspended for more than three hours.
The call was traced to the house of Koti Prasad Alva on Jail Road. Mr. Alva runs Prasad Art Gallery on M.G Road.
An engineer working on the fourth floor of the Infosys building received the call at 12.45 p.m. A girl calling from a landline said in Kannada that there was bomb on the premises. The employee told the caller that she had called a wrong number. The girl repeated again that there was an explosive. Police denied reports that the employee had misheard her.
The employee then informed senior executives of the company, who alerted the security personnel and Urwa police; and the building was evacuated. The police searched the premises with the help of dog squad and the bomb detection squad. A team of policemen were sent to the house of Mr. Prasad Alva. The police said the call was made by the girl, a domestic help at Mr. Alva’s house. Family members of Mr. Alva stonewalled queries of Assistant Commissioner of Police B.T. Kavita on the incident, said Deputy Commissioner of Police D. Dharmaiah.
On a complaint by a senior Infosys executive, the police have registered a case.
Employees were largely unaware of the reason why they were evacuated. “We thought it is a routine fire drill exercise that is done once every quarter. Only after we saw you all (media) we realised it was not so,” said an employee. They were all on the road till the search was over. “We have to make up for the loss of four man hours by working on Saturday,” said another employee.
Case against family
Assistant Commissioner of Police B.T. Kavita filed a complaint against family members of Koti Prasad Alva for obstructing officers on duty.
In her complaint before the Barke police, Ms. Kavita said Mr. Alva’s family members spoke rudely and asked her go away.
Ms. Kavita said family members threatened her saying they knew many senior police officers and she had no authority to enter their house.