Staff Reporter

It says chemical bombs will explode in and around Bangalore

BANGALORE: An email threatening that chemical bombs would be set off in and around the city in three hours landed in the office of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Tuesday.

The email, sent from bangalore_save@in.com, which landed at 10.11 a.m., said, “We are going to explode 15 chemical bombs in and around Bangalore.”

It further said, “Our target is to cover 40 km surrounding area of Bangalore. The next major area we cover are Mysore and Mangalore.”

This email, addressed to the Chief Minister, the Home Minister and the Police Commissioner, said the bombs were a Dasara gift for Karnataka.

The Chief Minister’s Office forwarded the e-mail to Police Commissioner Shankar M. Bidari right away.

Alert

“Immediately, I asked my officers to be on alert. We are trying to track down those who sent the email,” Mr. Bidari told presspersons on Tuesday.

A police officer involved in the investigation said they have traced the Internet Protocol address of the mail and are questioning a few suspects.

“We are confident of tracing the pranksters,” Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh told The Hindu.

As a precautionary measure, all officers and groups have been asked to be on alert and standard procedures followed, he added.

This is not the first time the city has seen such threats. On December 30, 2005 newspaper offices received letters stating that six “Al-Jihadis” would kill New Year revellers at a hotel.

The letter addressed to then Police Commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh said three bombs would go off at the hotel at 10.30 p.m. and that two human bombs would trigger a blast at then Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh’s residence.

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