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Classes cut short, students sent home: How bomb threat mails from Russia created panic across Delhi-NCR | India News


NEW DELHI: The bomb threat emails sent to schools in Delhi on Wednesday morning have triggered increased tensions in the capital. Tight security measures were put in place across various parts of the national capital after more than 80 schools in Delhi-NCR received bomb threats via email. Police have verified that, thus far, all bomb threats have been deemed hoaxes.
Threatening emails spark chaos at schools
The chaos erupted outside schools in Delhi-NCR.Parents rushed to the premises, children ran out of classes, and students were crying. The loud sirens of fire trucks made the situation more tense, and sniffer dogs were brought in quickly. It all started after parents had dropped off their kids at school and got alarming messages from the school about threatening emails. In a panic, many parents hurried to the schools to make sure their children were safe.
Security beefed up across Delhi
“We have stepped up security at every station. We have also alerted our staff to keep strict vigil on any suspicion activity,” deputy commissioner of police (railways) K P S Malhotra told PTI.
A senior security officer said, “A general advisory has been issued in the Delhi Metro network and CISF personnel have been asked to remain extra vigilant.”
Another official said that additional police forces, along with paramilitary personnel, have been deployed in various areas of Delhi. Barricades have been set up at city borders as a precautionary measures. The security has been intensified at metro and railway stations, bus stands, and markets as a precautionary measure.

Delhi LG seeks detailed report from police
Delhi LG VK Saxena directed the police commissioner to conduct a comprehensive search and submit a detailed report on the bomb threats. The LG has instructed the Delhi Police to thoroughly search school premises, identify those responsible for the threats, and prevent any security lapses.
“Spoke to the police commissioner and sought a detailed report into the bomb threats at schools in Delhi-NCR. Directed Delhi Police to carry out a thorough search in school premises, identify the culprits and ensure there are no lapses,” Delhi LG posted on X (formerly Twitter).
Delhi government issues advisory to schools
The Delhi government issued an advisory for schools on Wednesday, urging them to ensure timely checking of emails received at their official email addresses in response to the incident.
Delhi police trace origin, assure strict action
Lt Governor VK Saxena said that the Delhi Police has traced the origin of the bomb threat emails sent to multiple schools in Delhi-NCR on Wednesday. He assured that strict punishment would be given to the culprits. Officials have deemed the bomb threat a hoax and emphasized that there is no reason to panic.
The email ID used to send the bomb threat letters to Delhi-NCR schools is sawariim@mail.ru. Investigation has revealed that ‘Sawariim’ (clashing of the swords) is an Arabic word used by the Islamic State since 2014 for spreading Islamist propaganda. Delhi Police is probing any potential organizational conspiracy behind these threatening emails, according to ANI sources.
The Delhi police cyber cell has tracked the IP address of the threatening emails, which originated from Russia and may have been sent using a VPN, PTI reported citing a source.
A case is being registered in connection to the bomb threat emails received by Delhi schools today, as confirmed by the Delhi police special cell.
No need to panic over bomb threats
LG Saxena asked parents to stay calm and work with the authorities to keep schools and children safe, promising consequences for those behind the threats. The ministry of home affairs said the bomb threat appeared to be a hoax call, so there’s no need to worry. Delhi’s education minister Atishi also told parents not to panic in her post on X.