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Delhi’s IGI airport gets hoax bomb threat, caller held

Police said a 22-year-old man had made the call from inside a Delhi-Patna flight.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi |
Updated: June 14, 2021 3:58:32 pm
Police said the call was received at around 7.45 am on Monday. (Representational Photo)

Security agencies and Delhi Police personnel were seen scrambling at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport after receiving a bomb threat call on Monday morning.

Police finally found that the call was made by one of the passengers, who is said to be mentally unstable, from inside an aircraft.

“We received a call at around 7.45 am that there was a bomb inside a plane travelling from Delhi to Patna. We immediately informed all the concerned agencies. Around 52 passengers were shifted to another plane as a thorough check was conducted. After checking, we declared that it was a hoax call,” DCP (Airport) Rajeev Ranjan said.

The police also detained the 22-year-old man who had made the call. He was travelling with his father, who is a school teacher.

“His father informed the police that his son’s mental condition is not stable and he had made a call from his phone while he was sitting inside the aircraft,” the DCP added.

Meanwhile, a SpiceJet flight SG 8721 scheduled to operate from Delhi to Patna was also delayed when a passenger, after boarding the aircraft, inquired about the safety of the aircraft including the possibility of a bomb, the aircraft  The said passenger repeatedly told the crew that he had an intuition that there was a bomb on board the aircraft. The crew informed the Captain and the aircraft was moved to a remote bay. All passengers were de-boarded and baggage screened again. The said passenger and the one accompanying him were handed over to CISF and Delhi Police for further investigation and the flight has departed.

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