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33-year-old techie behind airport bomb hoax calls


By NewsGram Staff Writer

Bangalore: A 33-year-old techie was found to be responsible for the hoax bomb call that had brought the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru and the Delhi airport to a standstill on Saturday morning.

Bengaluru_Airport_Logo.svgAccording to media reports, the techie, arrested on Monday, had killed his wife and was having an affair with a married woman.

Gokul had stolen the passport of the husband of his mistress. Later, he bought his sim card in the same name and created a Facebook page which potrayed the concerned person as an ISIS follower, hoping that the page would attract the cyber police’s attention.

On being unable to follow his plans, he made hoax calls at both the airports.

According to a report in the CNN-IBN, the Bangalore Police Commissioner NS Megharikh traced the mobile number from which he made calls from his apartment.

On face value, the concerned case doesn’t look like a case of  terrorism; the miscreant’s wife died under untoward circumstances and the probity of the case is being looked over, said NS Megharikh.

Reports say that Gokul had confessed to assault his wife after which she died.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security said they will press for an Act called Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Civil Aviation Safety Act which calls for imprisonment for life, in a bid to scuttle such acts


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Indigo Ground Staff manhandles aged Passenger at Indira Gandhi International Airport; Airline Issues Apology

Rajeev Katiyal, who arrived from Chennai, was waiting for the bus inside the airport when the incident happened.

Indira Gandhi International Airport
A passenger was assaulted and dragged on the tarmac by the staff of IndiGo airlines in Delhi. Wikimedia

New Delhi, November 8, 2017 : A passenger and the staff of IndiGo airline were involved in an altercation at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here but a compromise was reached between the two sides, police said on Tuesday.

Though police said they had received a call about an altercation, recorded footage run on news channels showed airline passenger Rajeev Katiyal and a few officials shoving each other over a bus ride inside the airport on October 15.

Katiyal, who arrived from Chennai, was waiting for the bus inside the airport when the incident happened.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Bhatia said a compromise was arrived at between Katiyal and IndiGo staff Jubi Thomas.

The airline later apologised to Katiyal and said strict action has been taken against the erring employee.

“We acknowledge the unpleasant experience our passenger went through, while engaging with our staff at the Delhi airport. Our apologies as this does not reflect our culture.

“Under the code of conduct violation, this incident was investigated and stern action taken against the staff,” a statement from IndiGo read.(IANS)


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Mumbai airport, Taj Hotel terror threat calls turn out as hoax


By NewsGram Staff Writer

Mumbai: Officials on Tuesday, stated that the terror threats to the Mumbai domestic and international airports and the adjacent Taj Hotel were a hoax.

A phone call at around 12:40 AM to a landline number at the airport manager’s office had warned about a planned terror hit at these sites with explosive-laden vehicles.

Describing it a “specific threat”, the Mumbai police and airport security went into a state of high alert at all the three sites, which are already classified as a ‘high security zone’.

Reportedly identified as Vishesh Kumar, the caller had warned that at least five vehicles would blow up between 9 to 10 AM at the three targeted sites an impact much bigger than the 26/11 terror attack.

After investigations during the day, the security agencies concluded that the call was a hoax and are now attempting to trace the caller.

A spokesperson for the Taj Group of Hotels said here that the Mumbai Police conducted a thorough security check and have confirmed the call targeting the hotel to be a hoax.

“We continue to be highly vigilant at all times to ensure safety and security of our guests,” the spokesperson added.

(With inputs from IANS)