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Experts at work: The bomb disposal squad checking vehicles at the parking lot in the Nampally Courts on Wednesday. —
Experts at work: The bomb disposal squad checking vehicles at the parking lot in the Nampally Courts on Wednesday. —

Staff Reporter

Nampally Criminal Courts and Microsoft receives bomb threats

Hyderabad: Bomb threat calls made to Nampally Criminal Courts and Microsoft office sent the police into a tizzy here on Wednesday. However, they turned out to be hoax.

Work in the Nampally Criminal Courts complex here was disrupted for a couple of hours when an anonymous person made a threatening call saying he planted bombs targeting four judges. Searches, however, proved it to be a hoax call.

This is the second time work in this complex having 35 court rooms got disrupted following hoax bomb calls in the past five weeks. Earlier, a similar call sent the court staff, advocates and clients into panic on July 18 last. Incidentally, a case pertaining to seizure of RDX from suspected terrorists was posted for hearing in one of the courts on the two days.

Around 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday, the anonymous person called the chamber of the Fourth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) stating that he planted bombs inside the court building targeting the judges. He reportedly warned that his words should not be taken lightly.

“This is not like the earlier calls we made. This time we’re serious,” the caller was quoted as saying by the Criminal Courts Bar Association president D. Ram Reddy. In the next few minutes, similar threat calls were made to the chambers of the seventh and second ACMMs.

Mr. Reddy maintained that he alerted the local police. The Nampally police, along with bomb disposal squads and sniffer dogs, rushed to complex. They combed every inch of the building premises including the parking lots and co-operative bank and the shed in the backyard.

The searches finally proved it was yet another hoax bomb call. The caller spoke Telugu. Police have traced the call to a public telephone booth near Gowliguda and took into custody two persons operating it. The duo, however, feigned ignorance about the person who used their phone. They are being questioned.

Sniffer dogs and bomb disposal squads were rushed to Microsoft campus in Raidurg police station area after an anonymous person rang up saying bombs were planted there.

Thorough searches for over three hours confirmed it was a hoax bomb call. The call was made to 108 of EMRI around 3.30 p.m.

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