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City on edge as bags & bike spark bomb scare.

Capital breathes easy as no bomb is found in bags

FOUR abandoned bags and a bike in five different locations of Delhi within a period of three- four hours on Monday created panic among Delhiites, already in fear after the Hyderabad blasts.

The situation grew worse after one of the abandoned bags found in the Delhi Cantonment area was said to have explosives. But the authorities clarified later that the bag abandoned in front of the Army Base Hospital in Delhi Cantonment contained no explosives and the confusion was created because of the presence of a dog squad.

" None of the abandoned bags found in Delhi contained explosives. However, we are taking this very seriously and have alerted our forces to be more alert," said Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

The first such call was received from the Army Base Hospital at 2.37pm. The caller informed that two youth on a Scooty came and dropped a laptop bag in front of the hospital. A dog squad and bomb disposal squad were sent to the spot.

" Confusion reigned after the dog squad that was sent to the spot detected explosive- like substances in the bag, which later turned out to be soap. The soap contained salts similar to explosives. The army destroyed the bag as per their procedure," a senior police officer said.

On examination, it was found that the laptop bag contained pieces of bricks, soap and a towel, the officer added.

A similar call was made from Gopinath Market in Naraina at 3.05pm. The caller informed of an abandoned bag in the market.

When police examined it, they found pieces of paper inside.

The next such call was received from Mangolpuri area of outer Delhi at 5.30pm. The caller informed of an abandoned bag there as well. However, the owner of the bag soon came to the place and took it away.

Similarly, a call about an abandoned bike and a bag in GK Mblock market also created panic.

The call was received at 5.20pm.

" The bike belonged to a man who runs a shop in GK who came to the place to claim it," a police officer said.

The last such call was received at 6.30pm from Scindia House.

The caller informed about an abandoned bag in a bus. It turned out, it belonged to a lawyer.

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Date:Feb 26, 2013
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