Several DU colleges receive bomb threat as cops probe MHA scare

The Delhi Police on Thursday wrote to Google seeking details of the IP address from which the hoax bomb threat email was sent to the MHA office, official sources said.
Police personnel at Lady Sri Ram College after it received a bomb threat via email, in New Delhi, Thursday, May 23, 2024.
Police personnel at Lady Sri Ram College after it received a bomb threat via email, in New Delhi, Thursday, May 23, 2024.Photo | PTI

NEW DELHI: Over a dozen colleges including Delhi University’s Lady Sri Ram College, Hansraj College and Ramjas College received bomb threats on Thursday but nothing suspicious was found after thorough searches, officials said, a day after a similar e-mail sent alarm bells ringing in the North Block.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police on Thursday wrote to Google seeking details of the IP address from which the hoax bomb threat email was sent to the MHA office, official sources said.

Regarding the threats to DU colleges, a Delhi Fire Service (DFS) official said they first received a call at 4.38 pm about a bomb threat at the Lady Sri Ram College and two fire tenders were pressed into service. Later, other colleges also made the call to authorities.

The local police, bomb disposal squad, bomb detection team arrived at the the college along with a dog squad and conducted searches but nothing suspicious was found, the official said.

“We received the bomb threat e-mail in the afternoon. Immediately, the police were informed and they sent a bomb (disposal) squad. The search operation went on for two-three hours and the entire campus has been sanitised,” LSR Principal Suman Sharma said.

A police officer said besides LSR, over a dozen of other colleges in Delhi received a similar threat as the sender - rizer111rizer@beeble.com - marked them in the CC of the e-mail with subject line “Bomb in the University”.

These colleges include Hansraj College, Gargi College, Ramjas College, Zakir Husain College, Indraprastha College For Women, Lady Irwin College, Kirori Mal College, Bhaskaracharya College, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Sri Venkateswara College, and PGDAV College.

Apart from DU colleges, Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), among other state universities also received the threat.

The officer said “beeble.com” is a Europe-based mailing service company, which was earlier used in sending similar kind of threats to schools and hospitals across the country.

The threat mail claimed that bombs were present at every Delhi University college premises, threating a massacre. The officer said that all the affected college campuses were searched but nothing suspicious was recovered from any.

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