West Bengal Secretariat Evacuated After Bomb Scare

West Bengal Secretariat Evacuated After Bomb Scare

The Writers' Building. (File photograph)

Kolkata: The over 200-year-old Writers' Building of Kolkata -- once the secretariat of the Bengal government and now undergoing renovation -- was evacuated this afternoon after a warning about a bomb attack reached the Kolkata police.

The anonymous mail was received at the police headquarters at nearby Lalbazar. Within minutes, senior Kolkata Police officers, the bomb squad personnel and sniffer dogs were rushed to the building.

Though nothing was found during the  search operations, extra security has been posted around the building. The police said they were taking no chances.

The building -- from where the British once ruled India -- had been constructed in the late 1700s. From Independence till 2013, it housed the office of the Chief Minister.

The heritage complex is currently under renovation.  Most of the departments have been shifted to a building called Nabanna, located in Howrah, near Kolkata.