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ACTION: Members of the bomb squad on the premises of Sri Jagadguru Gangadhara Primary and High School in Hubli on Tuesday.
ACTION: Members of the bomb squad on the premises of Sri Jagadguru Gangadhara Primary and High School in Hubli on Tuesday.

Staff Correspondent

This is the third such incident in the last one-and-half months

HUBLI: A bomb hoax created panic among students and parents at a private school here on Tuesday. This is the third such incident in the twin cities within a span of one-and-half months.

Durgappa Madar who is a peon at Sri Jagadguru Gangadhara Primary and High School situated adjacent to Moorusavir Mutt had received three telephone calls at 11.05 a.m., 11.20 a.m. and 11.30 a.m., the police said.

He immediately informed the school authorities and A.B. Patil, secretary of the Moorusavir Math Vidyavardhaka Sangha alerted the police.

Immediately, Kamaripet Police led by Inspector Babu D. Kolekar rushed to the spot.

They evacuated students from the school premises. Sniffer dogs were pressed into service and members of bomb detection squad conducted a thorough search, but they did not come across anything suspicious. On the request of the police, officials of Airtel, which has provided telephone connection to the school, visited the spot.

Although the telephone instrument had a caller-ID facility, it was under repair, the officials told the police.

The peon said that the caller was a man, who seemed to be middle-aged going by his voice.

The caller reportedly asked the peon why the children were allowed to stay in the school even after the bomb threat.

The police suspect that the caller may have been in the vicinity of the school. It may be recalled that in September a similar hoax call about a bomb being planted was received by staff of Vivekananda English Medium School at Anandnagar in Old Hubli. Several days after that, Karnataka Science College received a similar call about bomb being planted at the adjoining Karnataka Arts College.

Investigation in these cases had traced the calls to coin box phones.

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