A man was arrested by the Crime Branch on Saturday for allegedly calling the police control room on Tuesday,minutes before the Raj Thackeray-led MNS rally,and saying three bombs had been placed at three locations. The information turned out to be false.
Police identified the suspect as Rameshkumar Sharma (34),a resident of Jaihind Nagar,Khar (West).
Crime Branch officers said the police control room had received a call on Tuesday saying that three bombs were placed in three places Thackeray was to visit – Siddhivinayak Temple,Girgaum Chowpatty and Azad Maidan. The caller had allegedly introduced himself as Santoshkumar Gaikwad,a taxi driver.
He said he had overheard three persons travelling in his taxi speak about the bombs. He told the control room that as soon as he dropped the men off at their destination,he informed the police, said Jt CP (Crime) Himanshu Roy.
Officers said control room personnel informed their superiors and other agencies,including the ATS and the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad . However,when officers visited the spots,they found nothing.
A case was registered at Azad Maidan police station. Our team began tracing the call to determine the mans identity, said Roy.
We received information that the caller was coming to Vile Parle (East) area on Saturday. As soon as Sharma came to the spot,we nabbed him. He confessed to the crime. When we searched his house,we found several SIM cards,including the one used to call the control room, he said.
Investigations revealed that Sharma,a rickshaw driver,had also allegedly called the control room on August 4 saying several men with swords were seen in Khar. The information turned out to be false,said officers.
Sharma was produced in court on Saturday and has been remanded in police custody until August 29.