Chandigarh, August 12: Panic gripped Chandigarh after police evacuated Elante Mall in the city on Monday, following a tip that there was a bomb planted at the popular shopping mall. After receiving the information, the bomb squad of the Chandigarh police immediately reached the spot and sealed the entire area. The mall was crowded due to the public holiday for Eid-al-Adha. Ahmedabad Airport Receives Bomb Threat Call, Turns Out to be Hoax.
The police asked shoppers to immediately move out, leading to chaos in the mall. According to reports, the police received a bomb threat through an internet call. However, the input reportedly turned out to be a hoax. Bomb Scare at Mumbai Airport! IndiGo Receives Bomb Threat Call for Mumbai-Delhi Flight 6E 3612.
Vidoe of People Evacuating the Mall:
Initially, people thought it to be a mock drill by police ahead of the Independence Day. However, Chandigarh traffic police tweeted and clarified that it was not a mock drill. The police also urged people to cooperate.
Chandigarh Traffic Police's Tweet:
It is not a mock drill. Please cooperate.
— SSP/Traffic, Chandigarh (@ssptfcchd) August 12, 2019
The area around the mall was sealed. The police are now carrying out a probe to nab the person who gave them false information. If the bomb threat were real, the casualties would have been colossal since Elante Mall is the largest mall in Chandigarh.