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Fake bomb in bank `defused'

PAPER TIGER: Police showing the box in which the `bomb' was fixed. Photo: S. Rambabu

PAPER TIGER: Police showing the box in which the `bomb' was fixed. Photo: S. Rambabu  



Staff Reporter

No explosives, just fuses and timer in the device, say police

Rajahmundry: The police on Saturday defused a `timer bomb' planted in a branch of State Bank of India here. The exercise took three hours and the police later revealed that there were no explosives in the device, which consisted of fuses, battery and a timer.

According to DSP P.H.D. Ramakrishna, the manager of the bank's Seethampeta branch received a phone call around 11.45 a.m. that a bomb was set near the cash counter. The police asked the customers and staff to leave the premises.

The bomb disposal squad found a small bundle of green leaves covered with an old plastic gunny bag. "The timer was set at 1.33 p.m. and we disconnected it around 12.24 p.ms," DSP Ramakrishna said. The police ruled out extremist activity and said they had no suspects till then. This is the second such incident in a fortnight here. The first one was two weeks ago, when a hoax bomb call delayed the Godavari Express for more than an hour at.

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