Featured Image: A file photo of the Writers’ Building.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 15 September: AN anonymous e-mail on Tuesday afternoon triggered a bomb scare at the Writer’s Buildings in Kolkata sending security agencies into a tizzy.
The e-mail landed in the inbox of Kolkata Police’s official ID around 3.30 pm; it read that a bomb had been planted at the Writers’ Building. There were no further details as to where exactly the bomb was kept and who did plant it.
The officials at Lalbazar police headquarters, which is located about 50 metres from Writers’ Building at Dalhouse in central Kolkata, alerted their counterparts manning the heritage building now under renovation and houses the chambers of only a few ministers and their staff.
The Reserve Force of Kolkata Police that looks after the security of Writers’ Building soon pressed in a bomb disposal squad and also employed sniffer dogs to detect explosives, if any. A floor by floor search was carried out after evacuating the government employees.
After a through search for about two hours, the joint commissioner (headquarters) of Kolkata Police Rajiv Mishra said that they could not detect any explosive and the e-mail appears to be a hoax.
The police will now try to find out the sender of the e-mail using the internet protocol (IP) address and other related data.
Writers’ Building served as the Bengal secretariat till 5 October 2013 when Mamata Banerjee relocated the secretariat to Nabanna building in Howrah. But some parts of the building are still occupied by state government departments and a handful of ministers, including urban development minister Firhad Hakim.