Saturday, July 06, 2019

Ahead of Amit Shah visit, bomb scare at Hyderabad airport

Hyderabad: Hours before the arrival of Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport witnessed high drama due to a bomb scare which turned out to be a hoax from a ‘drunk’ youngster who was depressed about his love failure.

Police said that said that K.V. Vishwanathan (24) working as sales executive in a private firm in Secunderabad, who was supposed to board the same aircraft, informed the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel that he got information about a bomb being placed in two flights, belonging to IndiGo and TruJet.

Acting on the information, the security personnel sanitised the flights before declaring the threat a hoax and detained the man, who was later handed over to RGI Airport police of Cyberabad. A case under 'Suppression of Unlawful Act Against Safety of Civil Aviation Act' (SUAASCAA) has been registered against the accused and he was taken into custody.

Shamshabad DCP N Prakash Reddy told The Hindu that the accused had a flight to Chennai at 8 a.m. and reached airport around 1.30 a.m. Since then he was consuming liquor at a bar inside the airport and around 6.30 a.m. he went to a smoking room. After coming out the man saw a CISF Officer and gave false information about the bomb, Mr. Reddy said.
06/07/19 Abhinay Deshpande/The Hindu
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