At the time when the Mumbai airport is on alert after the Paris terror attacks, a threat call received on Friday night has added to the worries of Mumbai airport's security authorities. A hoax call was received by the Air India Call centre at Thane at around 10.30pm.
According to Senior Airport Officials the airport was immediately alerted and the message was passed to all the security handling agencies at both terminals. According to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) a Bomb Threat Committe was formed and the call was declared a 'non-specific' call.
Confirming the call a Senior Airport official said, "A threat call received at Air India call centre stated: Mai IS atankwadi sanghatna se baat kar raha hu, toh humara plan hai November 28 ko Air India flight ko hijack karana. (I'm calling from the IS terror group and our plan is to hijack an Air India flight on November 28)"
A police officer from Sri Nagar Police Station confirmed that a First Information Report (FIR) has been flied under IPC section 505 (1) (b ) and the cops were looking into the matter.
"It seems that after the Paris attacks the ISIS has been everywhere in the news and the caller has hence mentioned himself to be among them. However, the call cannot be taken in a light manner hence it cannot be considered to be a hoax call at present. Investigations and efforts to trace the caller have begun,” added the officer.
The Mumbai airport was on high alert on September 29, after an operator received a call on Monday night stating that the domestic and international terminals, and the Taj Mahal Hotel could be attacked. The Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTC) of the Mumbai airport had termed the call as a 'specific threat' following which an FIR was registered at the Sahar police station. An operator working from the Joint Control Centre (JCC), manned by the Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL), received the call from a person who identified himself as Vishesh Kumar. As per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), a BTC was formed and the call was declared to be a 'specific' one. Senior police officials confirmed that the caller had disclosed his e-mail address and phone number to the operator. The security officials as well as the local police were on their toes the entire day. The call was made at around 11.45pm via the internet following which, the airport authorities then swung into action. However, It later turned out to be a hoax.