A telephone call to city-based KLE Society’s engineering college last night, claiming that a bomb had been placed in the college campus, turned out to be a hoax, bringing much relief to the administration and students.
Mr. Pillai immediately informed senior police authorities.
A posse of armed police rushed to the college situated under Udyambag Police Station limits on Belgaum-Goa Road and took precautionary measures.
Subsequently, the anti-bomb squad, with sniffer dogs, were pressed into service. It carried out search operations from about 6 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. on Monday, and declared that there was no explosive devise anywhere in the campus.
The college administration heaved a sigh of relief and went ahead with the semester examinations according to the schedule.
The Udyambag police have registered the complaint. During preliminary investigations, it was found that the telephone call was made from a local public booth on College Road in the city.
The city has received hoax calls right from last year. The first hoax call made to KLE Hospital was on September 8, 2007, the second to the District Court on December 15, the third to G.G. Chitnis High School on January 14 this year and the fourth to St. Mary’s School on February 4.