Ajmer dargah evacuated after bomb threat


AJMER: Thousands of pilgrims gathered to observe a monthly ritual at the holy shrine of Khawaja Gharib Nawaz on Monday morning were in for a surprise when they saw police commandos evacuating everyone out of the premises. Police were forced to make the drill after they received a hoax call that threatened of a bomb, Times of India reported.

It took police one and half hour to conclude that call was a hoax. The entire area was put on high alert with the quick response team taking over the main routes to the shrine. Sources said that police control room in the Ajmer got a call around 6.40 am threatening to blow up the shrine.

The main sanctum sanctorum was evacuated first with the help of priests and then the pilgrims were brought out of the compound.

Bhupendra Singh, SHO of Dargah Thana, told TOI, “Dargah was closed down from 7.45am till 9.15am due to search operation. It was re-opened as we found nothing during the search. We are investigating who are behind the call.”

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