A tweet by a youth claiming that there were five bombs in the New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express sent security forces into a tizzy and delayed the train, but the claim later turned out to be a hoax, the railways said Friday.
Officials said they have traced the person to Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, and he posted the tweet because his brother, a BSF personnel, missed the Rajdhani Express as his train to Delhi got delayed.
"The Government Railway Police is taking legal action," a railways spokesperson said.
The New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express begins its journey at 4.10 PM from Delhi and arrives at its destination at 7 am the next day.
The person, who identifies himself as Sanjeev Singh Gurjar on Twitter, posted on the social media site at 4:12 PM that there were five bombs on the train on Friday.
"I want to inform that there are 5 bombs in a train rajdhani(12424) going from new delhi to kanpur central. Please take some action on this quickly," he wrote, tagging the Railway Ministry, Union Minister Piyush Goyal, the Delhi Police and the IRCTC.
Responding to the tweet, the Superintendent of Government Railway Police, Agra, wrote from its official handle at 5.15 pm, "All the senior officers have been made aware that the train is being stopped at the post GRP Dadri (near here) and is being checked with the joint efforts of RPF and GRP."
Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force personnel were pressed into service and they conducted extensive searches on the train which inconvenienced the passengers, besides delaying the train.
The passenger posted his second tweet at 7.16 PM, this time in Hindi. "I made that tweet under mental stress. My brother's train was delayed by over four hours and I was very angry about it. I want to apologise to the government."
He tagged the Railway Ministry and Minister Piyush Goyal in the second tweet.
The DBRT Rajdhani runs between New Delhi and Dibrugarh Town railway stations.
The train was delayed by around two hours due to the incident.
"Investigation started by the railways'' IT cell and appropriate action will taken," the railway spokesperson said.