A mentally unstable man kept security agencies at the Mumbai airport on their toes at on Friday. This comes at a time when the city is on high alert due to the Republic Day celebrations.
The accused Sanjeev Mishra has made the Mumbai police and airport security officials go on a frantic search because of his phone call.
On Friday, at around 6 pm, the control room at Domestic Terminal received a message from Mumbai Police's main control informing that a person named Sanjeev Mishra had called on the police helpline (100) stating that a bomb has been concealed in a suitcase, which was said to be kept inside a car with number MH 02 BD 5070. Mishra had also claimed that the six-seater car was already roaming at Domestic Terminal premises. The search lead to no such car. Mishra, was then detained by the Airport police.
"He was under the influence of alcohol," said a police official from Airport Police. "We investigated the matter and contacted his father who claimed that his mental condition was poor and was undergoing treatment for the same." Mishra was then handed over to his relatives.
A senior Airport official said, "The stated vehicle was identified as an Airport official's vehicle. The Bomb Disposal and Detection Squad (BDDS) team carried out the anti sabotage check but nothing suspicious could be found."
In the wee hours of Saturday, a female MIAL help desk official, again, received a message informing about a bomb placed under a Meru taxi. After through investigations, the informer turned out to be the same Mishra, who had made a same call nine hours back.
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