A six-year-old boy sent security agencies into a tizzy on Sunday morning by making a hoax call saying there was a bomb planted at the Kashmere Gate Metro station in New Delhi.
The Police Control Room (PCR) received a call at around 7:45 am from a mobile number about the bomb being planted near the Interstate Bus Terminus, a police officer was quoted as saying in the Indian Express.
“After receiving the PCR call, a team of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Delhi Police and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials immediately took anti-sabotage steps,” the officer said.
“The caller warned of a big explosion at Kashmere Gate Metro station. The station premises and trains were thoroughly checked but nothing suspicious was found.”
“With the help of technical surveillance, the mobile number was traced to Kirari locality in Outer Delhi. Investigators later reached the spot and took the mobile phone’s owner into custody. However, he denied making any hoax call. Later, it was found that his six-year-old son had made the call from his phone.”
The man was released after he apologized for his son’s behaviour.
Interestingly, the train operations remained unaffected despite the hoax call.