Chandigarh’s Mental Health Institute gets Bomb Threat via Email, Patients Shifted

The Mental Health Institute (MHI) in Chandigarh’s Sector 32 received a bomb threat via email on Wednesday morning, following which several patients were shifted to another wing.“A bomb has been placed inside the Mental Health Institute and it is set to detonate soon, and everyone will die,” an email sent by a user named ‘Adam Lanza’ from ‘[email protected]’ said. The email also says that the group ‘Terrorizers111’ is behind the act. The threat came on a day when multiple museums in Delhi, including the National Rail Museum, received bomb threat emails. Chandigarh Deputy Superintendent of Police South Dalbir Singh confirmed the threat and said that the mail was sent to the hospital’s official email ID at around 9.40 am.

 

Bomb Threat at Mental Health Institute

The Mental Health Institute (MHI) in Chandigarh’s Sector 32 was the target of a bomb threat via email on Wednesday morning, prompting swift action to ensure the safety of patients and staff. The threatening email, purportedly from ‘Adam Lanza’ of ‘Terrorizers111,’ warned of an imminent explosion within the institute, creating panic among recipients. Despite the gravity of the situation, authorities swiftly responded to the threat. Chandigarh Deputy Superintendent of Police South Dalbir Singh confirmed the receipt of the email and the subsequent mobilization of law enforcement and emergency services.

 

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Evacuation and Investigation

In a precautionary measure, approximately 15 patients and students were evacuated to a secure location within the institute following the threat. Meanwhile, a multi-agency team comprising the police, fire services personnel, bomb disposal squad, and a dog squad arrived at the scene to conduct a thorough investigation. The area was cordoned off, and the bomb squad initiated a meticulous search to ensure the safety of the premises and its occupants.

The police, Chandigarh Fire Services personnel, the bomb disposal squad and a dog squad have reached the institute and are investigating the threat, officials said. The police have cordoned off the area and the bomb squad has initiated a search.

MHI Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Aprajita Lovana said the threat was received at about 9.45 am after which around 15 patients and students were evacuated to another wing.

 

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Perpetrator and Past Incidents

Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police Kanwardeep Kaur revealed that the threatening email was traced back to a Gmail ID. The sender, known for issuing similar threats across the country in the past, remains under investigation. This incident underscores the importance of robust security measures and vigilance in safeguarding public institutions against potential threats.

 

Conclusion

The bomb threat at the Mental Health Institute in Chandigarh underscores the ongoing challenges posed by security threats in public spaces. Prompt response and coordinated efforts by law enforcement agencies are essential in mitigating such risks and ensuring the safety of individuals and facilities. As investigations continue, authorities remain vigilant in identifying and apprehending perpetrators to prevent future incidents of this nature. Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police Kanwardeep Kaur said that the mail was sent through a Gmail ID. The person who sent the mail has reportedly sent similar threat emails across the country earlier.

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