Mumbai Police personnel on Sunday conducted a search operation at the Maharashtra
government secretariat here after a caller, later identified
as a farmer from Nagpur district, claimed that a bomb was
planted on the building, which turned out to be a hoax call,
"Around 12.40 pm, the Disaster Management Control,
Mantralaya, received a call from an unidentified caller
claiming that a bomb was planted on the Mantralaya," Mumbai
Police said in a statement.
Teams of police personnel along with the Bomb
Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) reachedthe spot and
conducted a search operation, but it turned out to be a hoax
call, it said.
"Search operation at the Mantralaya premises
is completed. No suspicious object has been found," it added.
Meanwhile, the caller was traced to Nagpur in east
Maharashtra who turned out to be a farmer who allegedly made
the call to draw the attention of the administration to his
repeated pleas demanding compensation for his acquired land, a
Nagpur rural police official said.
"The farmer was detained within two hours of making
the hoax call. He confessed to making the call and said that
for a long time, he was worried about the compensation of the
acquired land. But no one was listening to his pleas. He made
this call to draw the attention of the government and the
administration," the official said.
The farmer is identified as Sagar Mandhre (40).
Mandhre had owned seven acres of land in Makardhokda area of
Umred tehsil in Nagpur district.
"He sold some part of that land to a man while some
portion was acquired by the Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL) in
1997. The farmer told the Umred police that the WCL had not
issued compensation to his acquired land," the official said.
He said the farmer claimed that he was suffering from
some serious bone disease and needs money for medical
The farmer claimed that he had been trying hard since
the last two decades to get the compensation for his land and
written several letters to the administration, the official
In the past, Mandhre had issued threats to set himself
on fire on Independence Day and Republic Day on multiple
occasions, he added.
First Published: IST