Mangaluru: There was alert and concern in the heart of the city when information was received that a ‘bomb’ had been planted inside the Milagres Church here on April 22 but was later the story had a different twist.
According to the police, they had received a call on April 20 saying that a bomb would be planted in the Milagres Church. Based on the call, the police alerted the church authorities to tighten the security.
Speaking to mangalorean.com, one of the Church office staff said that they had increased the security after receiving the call regarding a threat of planting a bomb in the church premises. But on April 22 morning, when the police received a call that the bomb had already been planted, they were really shocked.
Pandeshwar police Inspector Dinaker Shetty and his team arrived at the spot and ‘searched’ for the bomb. Finally, they traced the ‘bomb’ inside the church which was kept under the bench neatly packed.
The canine squad and metal detecting team also arrived at the spot. Presence of metal was detected inside the pack while scanning. The pack was slowly opened and it was full of wires packed in a box. The anticlimax slowly unrolled.
Speaking to mangalorean.com, inspector Dinker Shetty said that the operation was a mock drill as part of ascertaining the security alertness in the district.
He also said the similar exercises would be held once in six months in all important places in the district. By holding such mock drills, awareness would be brought about amongst the people as to how to deal with such situations.