Hoax call regarding threat to staffers at the airport alerts Mumbai Police

As per reports, the Mumbai Traffic police control room received the call on September 28, 2021, at 3 pm where the caller claimed that the lives of 16 staff members at the airport were in danger

Hoax call regarding threat to staffers at the airport alerts Mumbai Police

The Mumbai Police Traffic control room, in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, received a hoax call at approximately 3pm, where the caller claimed that the lives a few airport staff were in danger. This alerted the airport authorities and the police departments, post which concerned teams rushed to the airport for investigation.

An operation was conducted by the experts, however, nothing was found. It was concluded that the same was a hoax call, basis which the caller has been booked under IPC 505 and 506 for public mischief and criminal intimidation.

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Sharing more information, an officer from Andheri-based Sahar police station told the Indian Express, “A person called the Mumbai Traffic police control room around 3 pm on Tuesday and said that the lives of 16 staffers at the airport were in danger. The caller did not mention whether the threat was to the domestic or the international wing. So local police, crime branch, ATS, Bomb squad, Quick Response Team (QRT) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel were pressed into service. They carried out a search operation at all sensitive locations within the airport but found nothing.”

FIR has been registered against the caller and the teams are working towards finding the person. Confirmation regarding the same was given by Senior Police Inspector, Dinkar Shilvate, from the Sahar police station.

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Similar incident was reported in August 2021, whereby the caller informed about a bomb being placed at four locations in Mumbai. This alerted the police and the search operation began, however, it was later concluded as a hoax call, basis which two people were detained. The Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) was informed that the bomb was placed at actor Amitabh Bachchan's bungalow and three railway stations in the city. 

Besides this, a hoax call was reportedly received by the United States (US) consulate in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), on August 3. The consulate informed Mumbai Police officials who set the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) in action and got the area around the consulate thoroughly checked. However, nothing suspicious was found.

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