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Three arrested for making hoax calls to Mumbai Police control room

The trio allegedly called the police control room and threatened to blow up Dadar, Byculla, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway stations and actor Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalow in Juhu.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station (Express Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar, File)

Three persons were arrested on Saturday for allegedly making hoax calls to the Mumbai Police’s main control room late on Friday.

The police said the trio, drivers by profession, were having a Gatari party at Shilfata in Thane when they allegedly called the police control room and threatened to blow up Dadar, Byculla, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway stations and actor Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalow in Juhu.

Police officials said the Mumbai Police’s main control room received the call around 9 pm on Friday. Soon after, local police stations, Anti-Terrorism Squad, Government Railway Police and bomb detection and disposal squad were intimated that carried out searches throughout the night at these locations.

“We conducted searches at all the four bungalows of Bachchan from outside to understand if there was any mischief,” said Senior Inspector Shashikant Mane of the Juhu police station. After nothing suspicious was found, the police declared it as a hoax call.

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The Azad Maidan police then registered a case under sections 505(1) (publishing or circulating any statement with intent to incite), 506(2) (criminal intimidation) and 182 (giving false information to public servant) of the IPC. Subsequently, the crime intelligence unit of the Mumbai crime branch traced the trio – Ramesh Shirshat, Raju Kangne and Ganesh Shelke – at Shilfata in Thane and were taken in custody.

“The trio were brought in for an inquiry when they confessed to the crime. They said they committed the crime under the influence of alcohol,” said an investigator.

First published on: 07-08-2021 at 09:46:45 am
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