Howrah Rajdhani Express was delayed for several hours at Ghaziabad railway station on Saturday due to a bomb threat. However, after it turned out that it was a hoax, the train continued on towards its destination, but not until a thorough check up had been carried out.
IANS news agency quoted a Northern Railway spokesperson as saying that that a phone call was received in the police control room regarding bomb threat to 12302 Howrah Rajdhani (New Delhi to Howrah). No sooner had they received the call, they communicated the message to RPF control at 5.21 pm on Saturday.
The train had left New Delhi station at on its time at 4.55 pm and was approaching the adjoining Ghaziabad station when the call was received.
The spokesperson said that the officials had no option but to take the threat seriously. The train was made to stop for several hours as the relevant agencies comprising Railway Protection Force, Government Railway Police (GRP), civil police along with bomb squad and dog squad carried out an intensive check was done by
When they failed to find any evidence of the said bomb threat, the train was given the green signal at 7.05 pm from Ghaziabad.
The cops have, however, launched a probe to trace the caller, who told the railway officials about the bomb threat. The GRP officials are grilling the railway official, from whose number the call was received.