An anonymous letter kept the City Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad personnel on their toes though the threat proved to be a hoax after the spots were checked extensively.

The letter that was received by Collector K. Maharabushanam on Wednesday night said that bombs would go off at Collectorate, Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital, Commissionerate and at all the 11 police stations in the city.

City Police Commissioner K. C. Mahali immediately directed the squad to conduct an extensive check at all the premises. Squad personnel along with sniffer dogs and metal detectors searched the Collectorate and hospital premises that continued till midnight and found it to be a hoax. The search continued in all the police stations the entire night.

The squad on Thursday conducted checks at the Office of the Superintendent of Police and the Collector’s Camp Office. Additional police personnel were posted at Collectorate and the public was allowed to enter only after thorough frisking. Town police have registered a case under Section 506 (i) of the Indian Penal Code and are investigating the source of the letter. Sources said that no arrest had been made or any suspects taken into custody in this connection. The letter, allegedly from a banned militant outfit, hailed Ajmal Kasab as a martyr, the source added.

Attack victim dies

Chinnamuthu (50) of Kunjandiyur in Mettur, who was admitted to Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital, after being attacked by his neighbour Vetrivel (32) over a dispute, died here on Wednesday night.

Karumalai Koodal police, who have registered a case of attempt to murder earlier had altered it to a case of murder and are searching for Vetrivel. Demanding the arrest of Vetrivel, Chinnamuthu’s relatives staged a protest on the hospital premises on Thursday morning.

Police personnel were posted at the village.

Detained

A person arrested for hoarding 1,400 kg of rice, meant for Public Distribution System was detained under the Black Marketing Act here on Thursday. Based on the recommendation from the Civil Supplies, CID, Salem unit, City Police Commissioner K.C. Mahali ordered the detention of E. Sakthi alias Sathiyaraj (25) of Erumapalayam. The police said that Sakthi, along with ‘Valathi’ Kumar was involved in smuggling rice and was detained under the Goondas Act and was released from prison in September 2012. The city police have detained a total of 67 persons under the Goondas Act.

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