Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 23:
Maharashtra police today arrested the hoax caller who allegedly called up Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) authorities here on bombs planted aboard flights leaving the Odisha capital airport forcing the authorities to divert Mumbai-bound GoAir flight to Pune.
The Pune police arrested the caller identified as Sanjeev Mishra, hailing from Odisha, from Pune.
Mishra is a graphic animator working in Pune, sources said.
If needed, the Commissionerate Police would leave for Pune to take the accused on remand, sources added.
During investigation, the location of the caller was traced to the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The investigators zeroed in and picked him up for interrogation. Later, he was arrested by the Pune police.
“The airport terminal manager received three hoax calls at around 8.45 am this morning. The caller used abusive language and threatened to blow up flights. The terminal manager informed me about this after which we followed the standard procedure. The GoAir flight was diverted to Pune and thorough check was conducted upon landing after the passengers were deplaned. Nothing suspicious was found during the checking,” BPIA Director Sharad Kumar said.
The airport authorities filed a complaint with the Airfield police station in Odisha capital after which the local police began investigation into the incident.
The terminal manager had passed on the phone number of the hoax caller to the police. The caller was speaking in Hindi and Odia, Kumar added.