Maharashtra ATS arrests Kerala student for threatening to bomb Mumbai's T2 in email

25 November,2023 06:55 AM IST |  Mumbai  |  Faizan Khan

Maharashtra ATS says the 23-year-old was under emotional distress owing to his parents recently filing for divorce

The ATS traced the digital footprints of the email sent to the Mumbai International Airport. File pic

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A 23-year-old Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student from Kerala has been apprehended by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for allegedly sending an email with the threat to blow up Mumbai International Airport's Terminal 2 on Thursday. The accused, who is facing emotional distress due to his parents' ongoing divorce, is now in custody.

According to sources in the Maharashtra ATS, on Thursday evening, an email was sent to Mumbai International Airport, warning of an imminent explosion at Terminal 2 unless a demand of one million dollars in Bitcoin was met. The accused, expressing his serious intent, included details of his Bitcoin wallet in the email. Prompted by the severity of the threat, multiple agencies, including the local Mumbai police, Crime Branch, and ATS, initiated investigations. The ATS, tracing digital footprints, apprehended the suspect in Kerala and subsequently handed him over to the Sahar Police station.

Sources indicate that according to the initial probe, the accused's mental health was adversely affected by his parents' strained relationship. His parents separated when he was just 1.5 years old. The parents, belonging to different religions, recently filed for divorce, further impacting the accused's well-being. An officer from Sahar police said, "We are verifying all aspects of the case," underscoring the ongoing investigation into the incident.

Dollars in Bitcoin demanded by the student

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