Police have arrested three persons from Channapatna town, nearly 60 km from Bangalore, after they allegedly sent a bomb hoax SMS to an official of Bangalore airport on Sunday.
The trio were arrested after the SIM card used to send the message was tracked. The SMS was sent to a terminal manager of the airport at 9.30pm Saturday, said police. It said a bomb was planted in an aircraft bound to fly at 11.30am Sunday.
The accused have been identified as Shivananda his cousin Ningegowda and a mobile shop owner Yogesh. Investigations have revealed that the SIM bought in Shivananda’s name was used by Ningegowda to send the SMS.
Shivananda initially told the police that he had not sent any threat SMSes. Police then tracked the sale of the SIM card to Yogesh’s store and learned that Ningegowda bought the SIM in his cousin’s name.
Police also said that Shivananda was changing his story. First, he claimed Ningegowda sent the SMS to frame him. Then, he said his cousin was a contractor whose bills were not cleared by the CEO of the Ramanagara Zilla Panchayat. The CEO was scheduled to leave for an official trip on Sunday and Shivananda said he sent the SMS on his cousins’s directive to sink the CEO’s trip, said police.