Thursday, August 31, 2023

Kid sends bomb threat to Bengaluru Aiport, parent apologises

Bengaluru: At 11.43 am on Monday, a young boy sent off a WhatsApp message to the customer engagement centre of Kempegowda International Airport on their mobile number, which read, “I am a terrorist, bomb the airport at 7 pm hahaha.” 

Within a few minutes, there was another message, “Pls excuse me, my son sent the message.” Both the threat and clarification were sent within seven minutes. 

Taking the incident seriously, KIA terminal manager Mohammed Zahir filed a complaint with BIAL police on Tuesday afternoon. Police registered an FIR and found that the mobile user was from a different state. A case under ‘criminal intimidation by anonymous communication and public mischief’ was registered against the suspects.

“We found that the message had been sent from West Bengal. No arrests have been made yet. It is not clear if the same person is behind both the messages or if it is a parent and son. We’ve got the address of the person in whose name the SIM card was issued. It is not clear if the parent is a father or mother. Action will be taken against the suspects,” said an officer who is part of the investigations.

When TNIE contacted the number from which the threat message was sent, the person from Howrah texted, “I am a simple person and not a criminal, but some unexpected thing happened from my phone or may be with my number, it’s got misused. 

31/08/2023 Praveen Kumar/New Indian Express

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