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Bengaluru Techie arrested for making hoax call

Bengaluru Techie arrested for making hoax call
Bengaluru Techie arrested for making hoax call

Accordingly in a bid to board his flight from Bengaluru on Monday evening, a techie after being late made a hoax call claiming that there was a bomb on the Surat bound Air India flight. As per report based on CCTV footage, 49 year old Prateek Rathore Mahesh Bhai is now in police custody. Meanwhile soon after his call, airline staff and CISF staff maintaining security at the airport declared the flight safe after sanitizing the flight before he could get on the flight.

Reportedly that Surat based Prateek had come to the city for a wedding and was planning to board a 7pm flight along with his wife and child.  Reports added Airline staff and CISF personnel reportedly suspected that at 6:57pm, when the airport authorities got the threat call, he had stepped out of the terminal building and the CCTV footage confirmed their suspicion and police was informed and Prateek was arrested. He reportedly admitted that the hoax call was his bid to board the flight after being late. 

Bengaluru Techie arrested for making hoax call

Police stated he was using two SIM cards to make the calls and would switch off his phone as soon as he hung up. Moreover the series of phone calls had begun on August 20, when a call was received by the Nodal Manager at KIA informing him that a bomb was placed in the lobby of the airport. Reportedly just two days later, the same officer was called claiming a bomb was placed in the luggage of Air Asia India flights heading to either Kolkata or Thiruvananthapuram and the third one was made on August 27 from Bengaluru to Pune and i5 1516 from Bengaluru to Hyderabad were compromised.

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