Prank call sends Mumbai cops on a 6-hour wild goose chase

What started off as a prank call by a rickshaw driver to get his friend, a constable, to arrive for a party on time, resulted in a red alert that roped in the GRP, RPF, ATS and the Bomb Squad. The officials spent a harrowing six hours screening the entire Lokmanya Tilak Terminus

A rickshaw driver makes a call to his friend, a constable posted at Govandi police station, claiming to have seen four terrorists armed with AK-47 rifles outside LT Terminus. Illustration/Uday Mohite
A rickshaw driver makes a call to his friend, a constable posted at Govandi police station, claiming to have seen four terrorists armed with AK-47 rifles outside LT Terminus. Illustration/Uday Mohite

Armed with the info, the constable approaches his senior officer and informs him about the incident. The officer takes the tip-off seriously
Armed with the info, the constable approaches his senior officer and informs him about the incident. The officer takes the tip-off seriously

As per protocol, the assistant police inspector calls and informs the Railway Police Force (RPF), Kurla GRP, ATS officials and the Bomb Squad
As per protocol, the assistant police inspector calls and informs the Railway Police Force (RPF), Kurla GRP, ATS officials and the Bomb Squad

All the officials rush to LTT and screen the station. The officials checked the trains, CCTV footage and all the passengers
All the officials rush to LTT and screen the station. The officials checked the trains, CCTV footage and all the passengers

After checking thoroughly, the officials called off the operation after six hours. The next day, the auto rickshaw driver was called and interrogated by the ATS. The driver revealed that he and his constable friend were to attend a party and the latter was delaying him, claiming he had to finish his duty hours. So the driver decided to make up a threat so that his friend would rush to the spot and they could go to the party together. He was let off after a stern warning
After checking thoroughly, the officials called off the operation after six hours. The next day, the auto rickshaw driver was called and interrogated by the ATS. The driver revealed that he and his constable friend were to attend a party and the latter was delaying him, claiming he had to finish his duty hours. So the driver decided to make up a threat so that his friend would rush to the spot and they could go to the party together. He was let off after a stern warning

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