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Letter threatening explosions in Howrah may be hoax

 MPost |  2016-12-13 00:14:28.0  |  Kolkata

Police consider that a letter that was sent to the Fairley Place office of the Indian Railways threatening series of explosions in Howrah Division was a hoax.

Police said that a letter undersigned by one AC Das was sent by post to the Fairley Place office and the letter was received on Friday evening.

The sender had claimed that there will be a series of explosions in the Howrah division, including Howrah Station from where thousands of people travel through trains to reach different parts of the country, if he does not get Rs 50 crore at the earliest.

A complaint in this connection was lodged with Hare Street police station. The investigating officers came to know after preliminary investigation that AC Das is a former employee of Doordarshan, but he is not the sender. Somebody else had written his name at the end of the letter to misguide the police.

The police had a talk with AC Das and were positive that he was not the sender. As a result, police at present are in search of the actual person who sent the letter.

Meanwhile, the security at Howrah station remained beefed up since Friday, soon after receiving the letter. Officers of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) were seen keeping watch on the movement of people. They also took immediate steps after finding anything suspicious.

People are allowed to enter the station premises only after proper checking. Their luggages also need to be passed through scanner machines.

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