15 schools receive bomb threats in Bengaluru, students evacuated

School authorities immediately alerted police and bomb disposal squads and anti-sabotage check teams were sent to the locations.

Students and staff were immediately evacuated from the school premises, police said, adding ‘no suspicious objects have been found yet.’

Police attribute this to a possible hoax, as miscreants have sent such emails to schools in Bengaluru in the past.

‘The email claimed that explosives had been planted on school premises. We received a call from the command centre and immediately rushed our teams to schools which are located in different parts of the city. All students and staff have been safely evacuated from the school premises and a thorough search operation is being carried out,’ a senior police officer said, according to a PTI report.

‘Parents need not panic, our teams are on the ground,’ the police added.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar visited one of the schools which received the bomb threat. He took information from the school and the police about the situation.

‘I was a bit dismayed after seeing the news on TV, as some schools I know and the one near my house were also mentioned. So I went out to check. The police have shown me the mail. Prima facie, it appears to be fake (hoax). I spoke to the police… But we should be cautious. Parents are a bit worried, no need to worry. Police are looking into it,’ he said.

‘Some mischief mongers might have done this, in 24 hours we will nab them. Cyber crime police are active, they are doing their job… We should also be cautious and should not neglect,’ he added.