CM Bommai on Bengaluru Schools Receive Bomb Threats

Calling it a “conspiracy” to disturb peace in Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said some anti-social elements are trying to tarnish the image of the state by sending bomb threats via e-mail to multiple private schools in Bengaluru. He also appealed to parents to not worry as necessary precautionary measures are being taken and the probe is underway.

Soon after the threat e-mails, police immediately rushed to the spots, along with a bomb disposal squad to carry out search operations.

Speaking to ANI, he said, “A conspiracy is on to disturb peace in the state. Karnataka is a progressive state and some elements are repeatedly trying to tarnish this image. Police officials were instructed to consider these cases seriously. Those who made the bomb threat calls would be traced and arrested. Effective security and investigation measures will be taken. Necessary precautionary measures are being taken. Parents need not worry.”

A senior police official told News18, “Our teams are still searching every nook and crevice of these schools. We will not be able to confirm if it is a hoax or not until the investigation and search are complete.”

The schools which received threat emails are – Gopalan International School, Delhi Public School (DPS) Bangalore East, New Academy School, Vincent Palotti School, Indian Public School, Sophia High School, Stone Hill International School, Treo International school, Vyasa International School, Kunskapsskolan International School, Ebenezer International School, Candor International School, Radcliffe International School, and the Inventure Academy. These schools are located in Bengaluru city and Bengaluru rural limits.

The emails, a copy of which is in possession of News18, read: “A very powerful bomb has been planted in your school, attention is not a joke, this is not a joke, a very powerful bomb has been planted in your school, immediately call the police and sappers, hundreds of lives may suffer, including yours, do not delay, now everything is only in your hands!”

Police evacuated schools that received the threat and parents were asked to come and pick up the children, they said, adding that it was also ensured that exams that were going on at few schools, were not disturbed. Class 10 exams are currently on in the state.

(with inputs from PTI)

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