Security at three prominent railway stations in Mumbai and Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalow has been spruced up after the police received an anonymous call about bombs being placed at these locations, an official has said. However, nothing suspicious has been found during the search so far, he said.
Mumbai Police‘s main control room received the call on Friday night, in which the caller said that bombs have been placed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Byculla, Dadar railway stations and at actor Amitabh Bachchan‘s bungalow in Juhu, the police official said.
In fact, police were sent on a wild goose chase following a hoax call from two drunken residents, who claimed bombs had been planted at the CSMT station, Dadar railway station and the house of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan in the western suburbs of the metropolis. They later claimed they were checking how alert Mumbai Police was.
“After getting the call, the Government Railway Police, Railway Protection Force along with the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, dog squads and local police personnel rushed to these locations and carried out a search operation,” he said.
“We informed all concerned police stations and agencies and carried out a thorough check of these areas,” said another senior police officer.
Juhu police, MRA Marg police, Dadar police and Byculla police searched the areas within their respective jurisdictions and found nothing.
“Later, we called back the caller but we were told that he was very busy and should not be disturbed. Eventually, he switched off the phone,” said a senior police officer.
Mumbai Police crime branch’s Crime Intelligence Unit later picked up two individuals from Kalyan’s ShilPhata area on the basis of their cell phone tower location. They told police that they had been celebrating ‘Gatari’ and were heavily drunk when one of them decided to make the call “for fun”. Gatari is celebrated in Maharashtra and Goa before the beginning of the Hindu month of Shravan. On this day, people generally eat and drink to their heart’s content to make up for the abstinence to be practised during Shravan.
“Nothing suspicious has been found so far at these places, but heavy police deployment has been put in place at there,” he said, adding that further investigation is on.