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Mystery suitcases spark bomb scare in Bistupur market


Jamshedpur, March 30: Tension gripped the Bistupur market following the news of suspected bombs inside two suitcases found at two different locations of busy Bistupur marketplace on Wednesday afternoon.

The first suitcase was found hanging from a TVS Champ two-wheeler parked near Keshavji Chhaganlal Jewelers at Diagonal Road, while the second suitcase kept on an Activa two-wheeler near Apna Bazar in Bistupur.

The TVS Champ vehicle belonged to a staff of the jewelry shop who had parked it in the morning when he came to the shop and was inside. Later, in the afternoon he came to know about the situation as a large crowd had gathered outside in the road.

Soon after receiving the information, police rushed to the spot and enclosed the area with police vehicles and bamboos. They had to face quite a situation to keep crowd away. After nearly four hours of exercise, police found nothing in the suitcase apart from few life insurance papers.

Later police looked into the CCTV footage from inside the jewelry shop and found that some boys had took out the suitcase from a car parked near the shop and hanged it in the two-wheeler and ran away.

�The area was intruded soon after getting information keeping in mind the safety and security of the people and shopkeepers. Dog squad was also pressed into service and through the CCTV footage we have found that some boys created the scene,� said Anuj Kumar, Bistupur police station in-charge.

SSP Anoop T Mathew said, �Four-five roguish boys lifted the suitcase from inside the car that was parked at jewellery shop and put that suitcase on the motorcycle is what we have found in the CCTV footage.� He informed that suitcase claimant has also approached the police.

No claimant has yet come for the suitcase found near Apna Bazar. The police have found nothing objectionable inside the luggage.

Mathew, however, informed that detailed investigation into the whole matter is underway, at present.

Earlier, around 1 in the afternoon, news spread like wildfire about the unclaimed suitcases with suspected bombs lying at two places in market. Following this a crowd began assembling at the two sites, which led the police to face much trouble in carrying out the search exercise swiftly.

Mostly, shopkeepers, customers, Tata Steel employees, who were going to the plant from Diagonal Road entry gate, crowded the area.

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