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False bomb threat on Air India flight

What’s the matter

A wave of panic swept through an Air India Delhi-Vadodara flight on Wednesday evening when a note with the word ‘bomb’ was found in the plane’s toilet.

The alarming message, scrawled on a piece of tissue paper, was discovered by a crew member as the plane was ready to take off around 7:30 p.m.

When the note was found, authorities including the Central Industrial Security Force and Delhi Police were alerted.

Passengers evacuated, search carried out

As a precautionary measure, passengers were asked to leave the plane and security forces launched a thorough search.

No suspicious items were found during this thorough inspection.

The passengers were transferred to another aircraft to continue their journey.

The flight took off to its destination in Vadodara without any further disruption.

10 Kanpur schools receive bomb threat emails from a Russian server

This incident came hours after at least 10 schools in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, received emails containing bomb threats on Wednesday.

The emails were reportedly sent from servers based in Russia.

Notably, Kanpur has been added last after Delhi, Noida, Jaipur, Lucknow and Ahmedabad in the list of Indian cities that have received bomb threats in the last two weeks.

On Tuesday morning, at least four hospitals in Delhi received calls with bomb threats.

Bomb hoaxes cause panic amid ongoing elections

On May 1, over 150 schools in Delhi-NCR received similar threats, leading to widespread panic.

Meanwhile, 20 hospitals, Indira Gandhi International Airport and Northern Railways CPRO office in Delhi also received bomb threats via email on Sunday.

According to reports, the threats to schools in Delhi were sent by a Russia-based courier, while Sunday’s threats were sent by a Europe-based courier “beeble.com”.

After the Lok Sabha elections, security has been beefed up across the country.

Schools in Jaipur and Ahmedabad targeted

On Monday, at least four schools in Jaipur, Rajasthan, were evacuated after receiving bomb threats via email.

On May 6, at least 14 schools in Ahmedabad, Gujarat received threatening emails.

Four days later, Ahmedabad police said they had discovered a “Pakistan link” in the emails.

“Further investigations revealed a link to a military base in Pakistan,” said Sharad Singhal, deputy commissioner of police, Ahmedabad crime branch.

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