CHENNAI: The city police swung into action after a call was received at the 108 ambulance helpline which stated that a bomb would go off at the Chennai Trade Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
According to sources, the call was received after 7 pm on Friday, and the caller informed the ambulance helpline that his brother had masterminded the bombing of the centre.
“We got the call at 7.08 pm and the caller told us that his brother plans to blow the Trade Centre up during an event that is take place on Saturday and Sunday,” said a spokesperson of the ambulance service.
The police were given the mobile number from which the call was made. A team of police personnel and the bomb detection and disposal squad (BDDS) searched the premises and confirmed the call as a hoax. A search is on to trace the prankster.
According to police, the call could have been made to avenge the caller’s brother as the latter’s name was clearly mentioned. It may be noted that the ambulance service receives over 100 such calls a day.