Saturday, May 18, 2019 12:45 [IST]
Last Update: Saturday, May 18, 2019 12:42 [IST]
DARJEELING: The Darjeeling Police today dismissed as “rumours” the ‘news’ of planned bomb attacks in monasteries during the Buddha Purnima tomorrow that have been circulating in the social media.
Amarnath K, the superintendent of police of Darjeeling, appealed to the people not to panic as there was no truth in the rumours, and in case, the police were prepared to deal with any security situation. “There are rumours being spread that someone from Nepal or Bangladesh would bomb monasteries, but there is no confirmation on this...There is no need to panic and no need to be afraid of anything. Everything is under control, and even though we have no news of something like this happening, we are in any case fully prepared to tackle any untoward incident,” he asserted.
Amaranth appealed to the people to observe Buddha Purnima without any fear like in the previous years.
“Since the day the rumours started circulating, we have been checking hotels and homestays for anything suspicious. We are hearing some monasteries are planning not to hold any programme tomorrow, but we reassure them that we are prepared with extra forces and proper security will be provided for processions and anti-sabotage measures will also be put in place in important monasteries,” he said.
The police super said the 16 companies of Central forces that have been deployed for the by-election to the Darjeeling Assembly seat, which will take place on Sunday, can also be used to meet any eventuality.
Amarnath also appealed to the people to act responsibly and stop forwarding unfounded messages blindly as this will only help the rumour mongers in creating unnecessary panic among the people.