Panic gripped passersby on the busy Sampige Road when they noticed a suitcase abandoned near the petrol outlet next to Mantri Mall on Tuesday.

Police cordoned off the area and summoned the bomb disposal squad.

To everyone’s relief and mirth, the suitcase contained cloth manufactured by Raymond. Meanwhile, staff of the Raymond showroom nearby turned up saying the suitcase had fallen while transporting it to the godown.

“Nobody dared steal the suitcase fearing that it could have been bomb,” a police officer quipped.