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Bomb threats at Metro station, Gurgaon markets a hoax

People were evacuated from a HUDA City Centre Metro station and two markets in posh areas of Gurgaon on Wednesday after police received bomb threat calls, officials said. The threats, however, turned out to be hoaxes.

After receiving the calls at around 2.10 pm, police teams were formed immediately which, along with bomb disposal squads, reached the three reported destinations — at the HUDA City Centre metro station, the Vyapar Kendra in Sushant Lok area and the Galleria Market in New Gurgaon. Police evacuated thousands of people from all three spots, which took almost an hour. At HUDA City Centre metro station, the entry/exit points for passengers were closed for around two-and-a half hours, said a police official.

Later, Delhi Metro Rails Corporation issued a statement in which it said: “ Train services on Line 2 are running normal except Huda City Centre station where entry/exit of passengers is stopped as per the advice of Haryana Police since 4 pm till 5.56 pm due to bomb threat call received by them. Station was reopened at 5.56 pm after receiving clearance from police, and nothing was found.”

However, all three calls later turned out to be hoax, confirmed Gurgaon Police Commissioner, NS Virk. The caller was identified by the police but his identity wasn’t revealed for convenience in investigation.

According to a source, the caller gave certain clues about the places where he had ‘probably’ planted the bombs. Taking a serious note of those clues, Gurgaon Police officials prioritised their search operation.

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