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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Bomb scare disturbs Indian Parliament

[b]Bomb scare disturbs Indian Parliament[/b]

By M Rama Rao - in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 17 December, ( [/b]An e-mail traced to Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu purported to be from an Osama acolyte Friday threatened Indian Parliament with a bomb blast leading to an unprecedented security drill that included evacuation of almost 800 lawmakers, 300 journalists, 1,500 staff, and a large number of casual workers apart from visitors and others - totaling around 4,000.

90-minutes later all clear signal was given. The e- mail threat proved to be a hoax..

An unknown group called 'Insha Allah' sent the warning to the American consulate in Chennai, India's Federal Interior ministry and the presiding officers of Indian Parliament's two chambers – Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

The e-mail had threatened that bomb would go off at the American consulate in Chennai, embassy in Delhi and Parliament at 11.46 am if "India doesn't severe ties with Washington".

The message ended with "Long Live Osama bin Laden!"

The message was relayed from Chennai to Delhi at 11.45 as the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were going through their daily routine of grilling ministers in what is known as the question hour.

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee quickly adjourned the Lok Sabha. Time was 11.52 am. Three minutes later Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat ended the Rajya Sabha sitting.

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