A hoax bomb scare call at Ajmer Sharif dargah early today morning had the police in a tizzy.
Although no bomb was found on the premises,
the police got the place vacated after at least three calls were made early morning between 6:30 am to 7:30 am, saying bombs have been planted in the dargah premises and there was a plan to blow up the shrine.
The pilgrims were evacuated from all exit points. The dargah was closed from 7:45 till 9:15 am for search operations. It was reopened after the police did not find anything.
The police found an unattended bag, which had no explosives.
The police have given a clean chit after the premises could not throw up any leads. The situation has returned to normal.
Over lakh pilgrims were visiting the site for observing monthly ritual of Chatti Sharief at that time. Also the Bakri Id is round the corner on Sept 25.
In an earlier attack on Oct 11, 2007, three persons were killed and another 28 injured in a bomb blast, which occurred in the evening in the courtyard.
Ajmer Dargah is the most revered 12th Century shrine for Muslims. It houses the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. At least 1,25000 pilgrims visit the dargah everyday for ziyarat.