Monday, October 05, 2015

Just kidding, say hoax callers after threatening to blow up AI

Mumbai: “We were just joking,” said a caller, right after he and his friend made a bomb threat to Air India on Saturday. Such prank calls, however, are no laughing matter for the authorities, who are concerned about the rising number of hoax threats they have had to deal with in the recent past.
The incident — the second such prank call in the city in a week’s time — took place around 5 pm on Saturday, when one of the managers at the Air India call centre received a call from someone who identified himself as Abdul Sheikh Rehman. “Mujhe bomb blast karna hai, aap mujhe koi bheed waali jagah bataayein,” (I want to carry out a bomb blast, please suggest a crowded place) Rehman told the manager. When the manager asked him why he wanted to carry out a blast, he said, “Mujhe India se nafrat hain (I hate India).”
No sooner had the caller said this, however, than his friend – who said his name was Amir Al Wali – said, “Hum to mazaak kar rahe the (We were only joking).” According to officials, the callers immediately disconnected the call. An Air India Official said the authorities were informed about the call according to procedure.
An FIR was registered against the duo at Shrinagar police station in Thane, which has jurisdiction in the area where the Air India call centre is located. The case was filed against unidentified persons under Section 505 (1) (b) (Statements conducing to public mischief with intent to cause fear or alarm) of the Indian Penal Code.
05/10/15 Neha LM Tripathi/Mid Day
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