Mumbai Crime: Terror attack WhatsApp message creates panic in Nalasopara

Updated: Jul 12, 2019, 16:17 IST | Samiullah Khan

The Palghar police anti-terrorist cell (ATC) receives several WhatsApp messages about a certain terrorist attack in two different areas situated in Oswal Nagri and Radha Nagar respectively in Nalasopara East

Mumbai Crime: Terror attack WhatsApp message creates panic in Nalasopara
Screenshots of the WhatsApp messages

A viral message about a terrorist attack at different places in the area of Nalasopara apparently caught the Palghar police off-guard.

The Palghar police anti-terrorist cell (ATC), on Thursday, received several WhatsApp messages about a certain terrorist attack in two different areas situated in Oswal Nagri and Radha Nagar respectively in Nalasopara east at around 4 pm.

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The person who sent those messages also revealed the name and address of the alleged terrorist with respective photos.

Taking the matter seriously, the Palghar ATC (anti-terrorist cell) police alerted the local Tulinj police station and rushed to the spot. After a rigorous search operation for five hours, they traced five suspects.

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The alleged accused were nabbed and taken to the police station for interrogation, where they revealed that the message on WhatsApp about a terrorist attack was a fake rumour that was being spread around.

The content of the message was very alarming due to which quick measures were taken.

The message was sent from an international number +1(315) 644XXX. Mid-day has managed to recover screenshots of those WhatsApp messages.

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"From 12 noon onwards to the evening, the Palghar anti-terrorist cell, along with the Tulinj police, searched each part of the area for suspects. This fake rumour of a terrorist attack definitely created panic in the entire area," said an official from Tulinj police station.

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