Monday, October 30, 2017

Hijack scare: 'Man wanted to harm Jet Airways so that lady he was eyeing would come to him for job'

Initial probe into the background of Birju Kishore Salla, the man who created the hijack scare+ on Jet Airways' Mumbai-Delhi flight on Monday, reveals a plot straight from a Bollywood movie with unrequited love as its theme.
Investigators say 37-year-old Salla had reportedly fallen for a Jet Airways employee and had hoped that by doing something that runs the airline to the ground, he would leave the lady jobless and force her to come to him for employment.
"Salla runs property business in Thane, a suburb of Mumbai. His company is registered with the ministry of corporate affairs. Last July, he had picked up a major fight on a Jet Airways flight by claiming that his meal had cockroaches. He somehow wanted to harm Jet so that the lady comes to him for a job. Salla may be of unsound mind," said a senior investigator.
Investigators disclosed this based on background check of Salla as well as the confessions allegedly made by him. However, confessions or statements made to police are not admissible as evidence in court.
A resident of Shreepati Arcade, one of the early high-rises of upmarket August Kranti Marg in Mumbai, Salla is currently in custody of Ahmedabad CID. He is likely to be the first person to be put on the ' no fly list+ '.
Birju had reportedly confessed that he kept the note to destabilise the operations of Jet.
The note read: "9W 339 is covered by hijackers and a/c (aircraft) should not land and (be) flown straight to POK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir). 12 ppl on board. If you put landing you can hear the noise of people dying. Don't take it as a joke. Cargo area contains explosive bombs and will blast if you land in DEL (Delhi). Allah is great."
The plane was then diverted to Ahmedabad where it landed safely. Inspection by the bomb disposal squad found no explosive in the plane and the note turned out to be a hoax.
30/10/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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