Bomb threat in Delhi-Lucknow train, security intensified

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:35 GMT, Jan 3, 2016 |

A bomb scare sent security agencies in Delhi and Ghaziabad in a tizzy early on Sunday, leading to evacuation and search of a Lucknow-bound Shatabdi train and heightened security at the New Delhi railway station.

The measures were taken after Delhi Police received information about bomb being planted on a Kanpur-bound train from the Mumbai Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), which had received a threat letter.

The Lucknow Shatabdi, which crosses Kanpur on its way from Delhi, had left the New Delhi railway station at 6.10 am on Sunday and the Government Railway Police (GRP) received information about the bomb threat from Delhi Police at 6.30 am. The bomb threat turned out to be a hoax.

“The train had reached the Ghaziabad railway station by that time and was immediately stopped there. At 6.48 am, all passengers were evacuated from the train and a search was conducted by the local police and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel,” Neeraj Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railways said.