Bomb Threats Spark Panic at Delhi Hospitals and Airport

Multiple hospitals in Delhi, including Burari Government Hospital and Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, received bomb threats via email, prompting search operations. The Indira Gandhi International Airport also received a bomb threat, with investigations tracing the email domain to Russia.

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Nitish Verma
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Bomb Threats Spark Panic at Delhi Hospitals and Airport

Bomb Threats Spark Panic at Delhi Hospitals and Airport

On May 12, 2024, a wave of bomb threats targeting multiple hospitals and the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi has sparked widespread panic and prompted extensive search operations. The Burari Government Hospital and Sanjay Gandhi Hospital were among the first to receive threatening emails on Sunday afternoon, leading to the immediate deployment of local police and bomb disposal teams.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the vulnerability of public institutions to coordinated cyber threats, which can have far-reaching consequences for public safety and trust in authorities. It also underscores the need for robust security protocols and international cooperation to combat such threats.

According to DCP (North) Manoj Meena, "An email was received at Burari Hospital regarding a bomb threat. Local police, and Bomb Disposal Teams (BDT) are at the hospital. Nothing suspicious has been found yet." The first call was received by fire officials at 3:15 pm from Burari Hospital, followed by another threat at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital around 4:26 pm.

The threats quickly escalated, with eight to ten other hospitals, including Hindu Rao Hospital, receiving similar emails. The situation intensified when the Indira Gandhi International Airport also received a bomb threat call at around 6:15 pm. Delhi fire services chief Garg stated, "We received a call around 6.15 pm about a bomb threat at IGI Airport. Fire tenders have been rushed to the spot."

This incident comes just days after over 130 schools in Delhi-NCR received identical bomb threats on May 1, alleging the presence of explosives on their premises. The threats led to widespread panic, resulting in immediate evacuations and thorough searches of the educational institutions. Despite the extensive efforts, authorities found no suspicious objects during the searches and declared the threats a hoax.

Investigations have traced the email domain to Russia through Interpol, raising suspicions of a coordinated effort to create mass panic and disrupt public order in the national capital. An FIR has been registered against unknown persons as the investigation continues. The Union Home Ministry has called for a detailed protocol and standard operating procedures to deal with such situations effectively.

As search operations continue at the targeted hospitals and airport, no suspicious objects or explosives have been found so far. The Delhi Police and other security agencies remain on high alert, working tirelessly to ensure the safety of the public and uncover the perpetrators behind these threatening emails. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of robust security measures and effective coordination between authorities in the face of such challenges.

Key Takeaways

  • Multiple hospitals in Delhi receive bomb threats via email on May 12, 2024.
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport also receives a bomb threat call.
  • No suspicious objects or explosives found during searches.
  • Email domain traced to Russia, suggesting a coordinated effort.
  • Investigation ongoing, with FIR registered against unknown persons.