Bengaluru:In a disturbing turn of events, 44 private schools in Bengaluru faced a security scare on Friday morning as they received bomb threats through email. The threat, claiming the presence of explosives on school premises, triggered panic among parents, students, and school authorities. Bengaluru police are actively investigating the situation to ensure the safety of all involved.
“In the aftermath of bomb threats via email, Bengaluru police swiftly responded, launching searches across 44 private schools in areas like Whitefield, Koramangala, Basveshnagar, Yelahanka, and Sadashivanagar. Bomb disposal squads have been deployed to thoroughly inspect the premises and ensure the safety of students and staff. The immediate and coordinated action aims to eliminate any potential threat posed by the alarming situation.”
“Responding to the bomb threats sent via email to 44 private schools in Bengaluru, Karnataka Home Minister G. Parmeshwar emphasized the seriousness of the situation. He stated, ‘We are verifying the source of the email. I have informed the police to check this on priority.’ The authorities are actively investigating the origin of the threats to ensure the safety and security of students and school staff.”
In a recent development, Bengaluru Police Commissioner B. Dyanand has revealed that despite indications suggesting the possibility of the calls being hoaxes, law enforcement is not taking any chances. Every possible effort is being made to identify and trace the culprits responsible for the alleged hoax calls. The authorities remain vigilant and are actively pursuing the investigation to ensure public safety.
Certain schools in Bengaluru city have received emails today morning indicating 'bomb threat'. Anti sabotage and bomb detection squads have been pressed into service to verify and ascertain. The calls seem to be hoax. Even then all efforts will be made to trace the culprits. pic.twitter.com/QqBaSuJ11W
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In response to a bomb threat, a school has issued a precautionary advisory to parents, informing them of an unforeseen security concern. The school, prioritizing the safety of its students, conveyed the decision to promptly dismiss the students due to the threat received from unidentified sources, according to the advisory.
On Friday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah provided reassurance to parents, emphasizing that precautionary measures have been put in place and there is no need for parents to be alarmed, in the wake of the situation.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressed concerns on the matter, assuring the public that the police have been instructed to conduct a thorough investigation. He emphasized that security measures have been implemented, and there is no cause for panic among parents. Furthermore, the Chief Minister directed the police to conduct inspections of schools to bolster security. A preliminary report on the situation has already been received from the police department, he added.
A school that was targeted by the bomb threat is situated in close proximity to the residence of Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar.
Expressing concern upon learning about the news on television, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar stated that several schools he is familiar with, including one in close proximity to his residence, were mentioned in connection to the bomb threat. After verifying the information with the police, he revealed that, at first glance, the threat seems to be a hoax. Mr. Shivakumar assured the public that he has discussed the matter with the police, who are actively investigating. While advocating for caution, he emphasized that there is no need for undue worry. Recognizing the understandable concerns of parents, Mr. Shivakumar highlighted the reassurance that the police are effectively managing the situation.
Addressing the situation, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar asserted that those responsible for the incident, possibly mischievous individuals, would be apprehended within the next 24 hours. The cybercrime police are actively engaged in investigating the matter, carrying out their duties with diligence. Meanwhile, Shivakumar urged the public to exercise caution and emphasized the importance of not overlooking cybersecurity measures during this time.
Police reported that last year, seven schools in Bengaluru were subjected to similar bomb threats, only to later determine that the threats were unfounded hoaxes.