A girl student, who wrote a bomb threat letter to a school in Tirunagar, was let off with a warning by the police after she threatened to commit suicide if a case was booked.
Police said that a Class X girl of the Indira Gandhi Matriculation Higher Secondary School handed over a leave letter to the Tamil teacher Sattappuli saying that the letter was given by an unidentified person in the morning on Monday.
When the teacher read the letter that was written in Tamil it warned that a bomb would explode on the school campus shortly.
“This is not a warning, but truth. No one can prevent the explosion on the campus,” the letter read.
Following this, the school authorities immediately alerted the police. A police team along with Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad arrived at the spot and thoroughly checked the campus. However, after the check, it was found out that it was a hoax.
After enquiries, police traced the letter to a class XII student of the same school. Police immediately rushed to the girl’s house and conducted inquiries with her. The girl, who was panicked by the police action and broke into tears, said she would commit suicide, if the police booked a case against her in connection with the threat letter. Following this, police decided to drop action against her and let her off with a warning.
Superintendent of Police V Balakrishnan said that during the inquiry the girl said that she only sent the letter to stop the model exam scheduled on Monday. “As the girl did not prepare well for the model exam, she had resorted to this mischief in an attempt to postpone the exam. Parents should keep an eye on their wards’ activities to prevent these types of incidents. However, teachers and parents should also caution them about the repercussions of such bad acts,” he said.
But, soon after the news about the letter was out, panic gripped public and the police as the Rashtriya Swayamsevek Sangh leader Chief Mohan Madhukur Bhagwat was staying in a house, which was just a kilometre from the school, in the area for more than five days. Teams from the city and district police rushed to the school and also to the house where RSS Chief was staying as a saftey measure. However, Mohan Bhagwat moved out of the the house and came to the city in the evening.
Not ready to take any chance, police also intensified vehicle checks on Tiruparankundram-Madurai road following the threat letter.