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Featured Image: A file photo of Nabanna building at Howrah. 

By Our Newsmen

Howrah / Kolkata, 04 February: A 35-year old man has been arrested from Regent Park in south Kolkata for making a hoax call saying that a bomb had been planted at the West Bengal state secretariat Nabanna in Howrah.

Arrested Biswajit Saha is a computer hardware professional and lives at Ananda Palli under Regent Park police station area near Tollygunge.

He made an anonymous call to a land phone number at Nabanna around 2.40 this afternoon and told the person on the other side that a bomb had been planted at the 14-storey building and it would go off soon.

The call sent Kolkata Police’s reserve force in a tizzy; reserve force is responsible for the security of all important state government establishments in and around Kolkata such as Nabanna, Writers’ Buildings, Raj Bhavan etc.

A team from Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force (STF), a bomb disposal squad and sniffer dog team were soon pressed into action. For the next over three hours, they checked the Nabanna building floor by floor include the 14th floor that houses Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s chamber. She was in at that time.

The sanitisation drive that was carried out without evacuating anyone from the building, however, did not bumped on any explosives.

Later in the evening, tracing back the phone number from which the anonymous call was made, police arrested the computer hardware professional Saha. He is being interrogated by officers of Kolkata Police’s anti-rowdy section to learn why he made the hoax call.

It may be recalled, earlier in December, a web designer from Kasba in south Kolkata was arrested twice for making threat calls to Trinamool MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay. Later it was found that the man has mental ailments.