Updated May 2nd, 2024 at 23:04 IST

Delhi Police Write to CBI Seeking Information on Hoax Bomb Threat E-Mail Sent to Schools: Officials

Delhi Police wrote to the CBI seeking information through Interpol channels about the hoax bomb threat that was emailed to over 150 schools in NCR.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Visuals outside a Delhi school after receving bomb threats | Image:ANI
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New Delhi: Officials said the Delhi Police, on Thursday, wrote to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking information through Interpol channels about a hoax bomb threat, which was sent through an e-mail to over 150 schools in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Officials said the CBI, the designated National Central Bureau of India also known as Interpol India, is responsible for all the communication and coordination with Interpol.

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They also said the CBI is likely to forward the information sought by the Delhi Police to Interpol, which in turn will send it to all the member law-enforcement agencies of the world.

The Delhi Police is investigating the IP address used to send the e-mail, besides the sender and origin of the mail to decipher the conspiracy and motive behind the hoax threat that resulted in panic across Delhi-NCR on Wednesday.

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The mail purportedly sent from a mail.ru server claimed that explosives were planted on the school premises, triggering massive evacuations and searches as panic-stricken parents rushed to pick up their children. 

The threat that sent alarm bells ringing in the security establishment was later declared a hoax as nothing objectionable was found from the campuses.

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The officials said an initial probe has led to the suspicion of a "deeper conspiracy" hatched by a terror group during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, adding that the threat mail could have been sent by an ISIS module.

The Delhi Police suspect that the mail was sent using the VPN and dark web - an encrypted online content platform that allows individuals to hide their identity and location from others.

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A case has been registered by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police under the relevant legal provisions for offences like conspiracy and threat and a dedicated team formed to conduct the investigation, an official said. 

 

(with PTI inputs)

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Published May 2nd, 2024 at 23:04 IST