A bomb squad was rushed to the Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) Railway Station in Bengaluru on Friday at around 8:45 am after an object looking like hand-grenade was spotted on the side of the tracks between Platform No 1 and 2.
Security staff present at the station cordoned off the area and ensured the vicinity of the area was evacuated.
At that time, Sanghamitra Express which plies from Bengaluru to Patna was on Platform No 1. Little over an hour after the suspicious object was spotted by passers-by, the bomb squad assessed the area to be safe. The police, as a precautionary measure, searched the entire station premises, including trains, and found it to be safe.
Following this, Additional Director General of Police Railways Alok Mohan, who had also rushed to the spot, said, “There is no threat to any place. There was a beeping sound within a train which triggered the scare. Upon investigation, it was found that the sound alerting about the malfunction of the CCTV inside the coach.”
Sources in the police told TNM that the suspicious object was a dummy and not an actual grenade. An official confirmation is awaited. Police are investigating how the suspicious object reached the spot in the first place.
“At 8:45 am, the Railway Security Control reported that a hand grenade was spotted at KSR Bengaluru Station near trolley path on platform no 1. Railway Protection Force immediately swung into action. The area was cordoned off. Senior railway officers including Divisional Railway Manager (Bengaluru) have reached the spot. Divisional Security Commissioner led the team of Railway security force to thoroughly search the entire premises, including the trains,” E Vijaya, Chief Public Relations Officer of South Western Railways, told TNM.
She added, “Train movement was normal, except for on platform no 1 and 2. The grenade was handed over to the bomb disposal squad at 9.55 am. After thorough checking, trains on platform No 1 and 2 were allowed to leave. Normal operations were restored fully. Railway workforce has been put on alert. Intensive checks at the entrance, platforms, and train coaches and at parcel office are being conducted.”
KSR Railway station in Majestic at the city centre is the busiest railway station in the city with a daily footfall of about 2 lakh passengers and around 100 trains leaving and arriving daily. The Railway Station is also connected to the metro station and both intra-city and interstate bus stations through subways and skywalks.