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Bomb hoaxes create panic in Meghalaya
Correspondent SHILLONG, NOV 3:
Published on 3 Nov. 2008 11:50 PM IST
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Close on the heels after security agencies identified places vulnerable to terror, two bomb hoaxes created panic at police bazaar in Meghalaya. In the first incident, an unclaimed handbag was abandoned in front of a restaurant. The police cordoned-off the area and took away the suspicious handbag. Minutes later, the police were alerted of another suspicious lady handbag hanging on a electric pole on GS Road a few metres away from the first spot. However, the owner of handbag later claimed the bag. The two abandoned bags created panic and brought traffic to a standstill in the busy GS Road area. The situation, however, returned to normal after senior police officials, along with bomb disposal unit, rushed to the spot and found that there were only clothes inside the handbag. According to intelligence officials, the assessment of the 11 vulnerable places in Meghalaya was made with inputs from central intelligence agencies located in Shillong. Of the eleven places, four are located in Shillong and Garo Hills and three in Jaintia Hills district. Interestingly, a drawback of the entire response team of the bomb disposal squad team was recognized when the bomb disposal jeep was caught in the traffic snarl as it had no beacon light to demand right of way.

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