Staff Reporter

Police, onlookers on toes as 2005 nears end

Cyber Pearl restaurant in a building of the Hi-tech city receives the scare callThe box abandoned at Nampally railway station has 10 kg of prawns

HYDERABAD: An abandoned box of prawns at Nampally and a hoax bomb call to a restaurant in Hi-tech city of Madhapur gave anxious moments to the police on the last day of the year on Saturday.

A person called up Cyber Pearl restaurant located in a building of the Hi-tech city in the morning saying a bomb was planted in the "material received by the restaurant on Friday".

Rumous add to scare

Not willing to take any chance in the backdrop of rumours about threat from terrorist groups and the terrorist attack in Bangalore, the food-joint owner alerted the Madhapur police.

Saturday being weekend holiday for most of the software firm employees working in Hi-tech city, not many were present in the building. Police arrived there with sniffer dogs and bomb disposal squads, examined every inch of the eatery and opened the parcels of groceries received only to learn that a prankster had played trick on them.

The anonymous person called on the landline phone, caller identification instrument of which was not working for some days, located in the kitchen. "We suspect someone knowing that the instrument was not working made the mischievous call. All other phones in the complex had that instrument," Madhapur Inspector Jayaram said.

It was a box abandoned by a passenger of a private bus near the Nampally railway station that forced local police to rush sniffer dogs and BD team to the area. One Pavan who came to city by a bus of Sindhu Travels reportedly left the box on the roadside saying he would get an auto-rickshaw to take it.

As the person did not return, local vendors grew suspicious. One of them tried to open the box unable to curb his curiosity. "The box actually had some 10 kilograms of prawns. The vendor mistook whiskers of prawns for some wires and pressed the panic button saying it could be a bomb," police said. Searches, however, proved the fears were not correct.