In the second such incident this month, a hoax message perceived as a warning about an attack by the Islamic State (IS) in Mumbai was found scribbled on the toilet wall of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Thursday.
According to the airport police, the graffiti was scribbled on the toilet wall at the domestic terminal of the airport. On January 7, a similar message was found scribbled on a toilet wall at the international terminal, and the Sahar police are conducting inquiries into the matter.
Police officers said the matter was brought to the notice of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel by housekeeping staff at the airport, who then notified the airport police. The graffiti claimed that an attack by the IS would occur in Mumbai on January 26. The exact words scribbled on the wall were, “26/01/2015 IS BOM OK?”
“We are trying to procure the CCTV footage of the terminal to find out who used the toilet late on Wednesday night,” said Madhukar Sankhe, assistant commissioner of police (Airport division).
The police officers have also sent photographs of both the threats to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Kalina
so that the handwriting can be examined.
The police, as well as the CISF, are conducting inquiries with the housekeeping staff at the airport. Meanwhile, security was stepped up at the airport in light of the incident.
“So far, no case has been registered in the matter. But since this is the second such incident, we are taking it seriously, instead of regarding it as just a prank,” said a police officer.