A private school at R R Nagar in Bengaluru received an email with a bomb threat prompting the police to rush a bomb disposal squad to the institution Monday, said officials.
Bengaluru police on Monday swung into action after National Hill View Public School in RR Nagar received a bomb threat via email. Upon receiving the threatening mail, the school management shifted the children to an alternate campus as a security measure. Meanwhile, the bomb disposal squad, sniffer dog squad, and jurisdiction police rushed to the spot. The school owned by Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar received the bomb threat via email on Sunday evening, which was noticed by the school authorities the next morning.
Parents also rushed to the school, which has around 2,000 students studying in classes 1 to 12, worrying for their children’s safety following the bomb threat.
“A private school in Ideal Township of Rajarajeshwarinagar in South Bengaluru has received a bomb threat through email. The bomb disposal squad and sniffer dog squad have inspected the school premises. Students made to vacate school premises”, news agency ANI quoted Laxman B. Nimbargi, DCP West Bengaluru as saying.
The police were immediately informed and as many as 1,500 students were evacuated from National Hill view school. Bomb disposal squad and sniffer dog squad have inspected the school premises but nothing has been found yet, said police.
After learning about the bomb scare at his institute, Shivakumar said he contacted the Bengaluru CP and ordered the immediate evacuation of the school. Assuring that all the children are safe, he said the Bomb Squad will take care of the issue.
A police official said, “After the bomb squad conducted their searches, we found that the email was a hoax. The children are safely evacuated from the school, encouraging them to resume their classes.”
Earlier this year in April, 5 schools in the city had received bomb threats. “A very powerful bomb has been planted in your school, this is not a joke. Immediately call the police and sappers, hundreds of lives may suffer, including yours, do not delay, now everything is only in your hands,” the threat mail stated.