Virat railway station: Bullet-shaped lighter creates panic at Mumbai station | Mumbai News

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Virat railway station: Bullet-shaped lighter creates panic at Mumbai station | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: A five-hour-long drama unfolded at Virar station on Monday evening, after an unattended package with what seemed to be 9mm cartridge was found in a local train. A thorough analysis by security agencies later found that it was only an LED lighter left behind by an unidentified commuter.

The drama began when a commuter who boarded the 4.03 pm Dadar-bound fast train on platform No. 6 rushed to alert the on-duty railway Police Force ( RPF) constable Pankaj Kumar about a huge plastic packet lying unattended inside a general compartment.

The constable with the help of a loader carried the packet to the RPF office. While the packet was sealed, the object was visible to the naked eye. The RPF constable suspected that it looked like a live cartridge and he alerted the Vasai Government railway Police (GRP) and Virar police station.

Police officers rushed to the station to examine the contents. Virar RPF inspector Gopalkrishna Rai said while the packet had some goods, a LED lighter was outside the packet.

Even as the police were inspecting the packet using metal detectors, there was panic at the station. Subsequently, a thorough check of the train and the station area was carried out.

Rai said that the bomb detection and disposal squad from Thane reached the station and and after checks confirmed that it was a lighter around 9.30 pm.

As the packet did not contain anything suspicious, police said that it was surprising that no one has come forward to claim it.

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