The Jalandhar-Udhampur train was halted at Kandori railway station, in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh after there was a bomb scare on Friday. A passenger had raised an alarm on spotting some unidentified pieces of baggage in his bogie.
After carrying out an extensive search of the train, after the passengers were forced to deboard, district police chief Sanjeev Gandhi said “it was a false alarm”.
Kandori is located at a distance of just 14 Kms from Pathankot, the place where Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists carried out a daring attack on the Indian Air Force Base in January.
After the alarm was raised, a joint operation by the Punjab Police and Himachal Pradesh Police was conducted. The Government Railway Police too joined in. The unclaimed baggage consisted of a small bag, a trolley bag and two gift packs. This baggage was later claimed by a Surinder Kaur. She had left this luggage by mistake, at the Mirthal railway station in Gurdaspur.
This whole operation delayed the train by three hours, and it was allowed to proceed to its destination, only after the authorities were satisfied with the combing operation.
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