Students and staff alike experienced mass panic across 45 schools in Bengaluru. The school administration received emails stating that anonymous attackers had planted bombs around school premises. They can trigger them at any moment. Faced with the threat, schools were evacuated immediately.
B. Dayananda, Police Commissioner of Bengaluru, stated that anti-sabotage teams were conducting sweeps across all school premises. They also checked the Whitefield, Koramangala, Basveshnagar, Yalahanka, and Sadashivanagar schools for explosives. Until now, they did not find any suspicious objects.
Dayananda states, “As of now, it looks like a hoax message. We will complete the search operation soon. However, we ask parents not to panic.” Last year, seven schools also received calls claiming bomb threats. However, those turned out to be hoaxes.
G. Parmeshwar, the Karnataka Home Minister, was also apprised of the situation. He stated that the police and public officials are taking the threat seriously. They will investigate the matter with utmost care.
Panic Ensues Among Parents
The bomb threat raised panic among parents, students, and teachers. A few schools evacuated students to nearby playgrounds, while others asked parents to collect their children. Parents gathered outside the schools as well as called the school administrators.
In light of the panic, schools issued the following notice to parents:
DK Shivakumar, the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, also visited schools. He took stock of the situation, as one of the schools threatened was near his house. He was dismayed about the ongoing situation. The police also showed him the threat. At first glance, it appears to be a hoax. However, parents should not worry, as the police are investigating the matter.
Shivakumar also commented that the cybercrime police are working on apprehending the threat makers. Within 24 hours, they should be in custody. Meanwhile, the public should remain cautious and vigilant.
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