Search for Bombs at Patna, Gaya Railway Stations

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Patna: Railway police in Patna on Thursday carried out extensive search of the railway platforms, parking lot, and passengers with suspicious looking bags after a letter threatening to blow up the Patna and Gaya Junction was received by the General Manager.

Throughout the day, officials at Patna Junction made repeated announcement on the Public Announcement system warning passengers not to touch any leftover package or bag that could possibly contain explosives.

Using metal detectors, police checked passengers at all points of entry and exit and cleared the parking area of any vehicle to conduct random search throughout the day.

Railways Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) A. S. Thakur said directives had been issued to the Government Railway Police (GRP) to carry out search of the railway tracks for any explosive though nothing was found till the time of reporting.

Officials said the letter dated April 18, purportedly sent by the Maoists, threatened Railways General Manager of dire consequences if he did not quit his job and went back to his native place within 15 days. The letter was signed by Ravindra Verma, Anjani Kumar Sinha, and Mantu – most likely assumed names – and had a return address of Barmasia in Giridih.

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