Bomb scare on Delhi-Kanpur trains

Bomb scare on Delhi-Kanpur trains

Movements of several trains were disrupted on Sunday and Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi was halted for searches at Ghaziabad after the Northern railway was alerted about a possible bomb threat to trains plying between Delhi and Kanpur.

Railway have strengthened security measures at all major railway stations, including New Delhi, Nizamuddin, Old Delhi and Anand Vihar in Delhi Division after the bomb threat.

The Delhi Police had communicated to Northern Railway at 6:23 am that there was a bomb threat to the Lucknow Shatabdi.

 However, by that time the train had already departed from the station at its scheduled time of 6:10 am.

The Shatabdi was subsequently halted at Ghaziabad and thoroughly checked. It was allowed to leave the station at 7:52 am as nothing unusual was found, railway officials said.

“We received an input from GRP-Delhi Police at 6:23 am that there is a possibility of a security threat between Delhi and Kanpur. According to input, there could be bombs in major trains like Shatabdi, Duronto, Rajdhani, Vaishali Express and Nilanchal Express,” Delhi Divisional Railway Manager Arun Arora said.

Delayed trains
The Nilanchal Express and the Lucknow Shatabdi were among the trains delayed.
Soon after receiving alert from the police, a search operation was launched across all railway stations in the city in connection with all trains on the said route.

The trains were stopped at Ghaziabad station too and hundreds of officials have been deployed in the operation. The trains that were to leave in the morning were sanitised for the purpose.

According to officials, the potential threat was conveyed by the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad and the special cell of Delhi Police has also been kept in the loop.

Meanwhile, security was beefed up at important railway stations across Uttar Pradesh following alleged bomb threat in state-bound trains.
 

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