A 19-year-old school dropout in Gujarat was arrested by the Bangalore police on Tuesday in connection with a mail that was sent to the Kempegowda International Airport Limited (KIAL) on July 21, threatening the hijacking of an aircraft and signed by the Indian Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Toiba.
The youth, who was tracked down by his mobile phone Internet protocol address, has been identified as Parbatji Takur of Bhildi village in Banaskanta district of Gujarat.
“Our team reached Gujarat and managed to arrest him with the help of the local police. The team is bringing him to Bangalore for further investigation,” ACP Alok Kumar said.
Bangalore police sources said the general manager of KIAL had received the threat mail on July 21 from the ID firstname.lastname@example.org.
KIAL general manager informed the international airport police and a case was registered. The Bangalore police sought the assistance of the cyber crime police to crack the case.
The cyber crime police found that the mail had originated from a mobile device. The SIM card used in the device was traced to Gujarat and a police initially detained a farmer against whose identity the SIM card had been obtained. Investigations were then pursued on the basis of the unique identity of the mobile handset from which the mail originated leading the police to Parbatji Takur.
Parbatji, son of a farmer from Bhildi village, dropped out of school after failing to clear Class 10. Parbatji claimed that he was not aware of the effect of his mail, police sources said. He told the police that he got the email ID of KIAL general manager from KIAL Facebook page. He created the email ID using a SIM he obtained with the help of fake ID. Police said they were yet to ascertain the exact motive behind the act.