mangaluru bomb hoax: Hoax call probe covering smallest possible angle: Mangaluru police commissioner | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: The ongoing police investigation into the alleged hoax call that Vasanth – a 33-year-old agricultural labourer, resident of Mudradi in Karkala taluk of Udupi district – made about bomb being planted at Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) in Karnataka will cover all possible angles, city police chief Vikash Kumar said on Thursday.
The city police, with help from their counterparts in Udupi, had nabbed Vasanth, hours after he sent SMSes and called former airport director (APD) M R Vasudeva about the ‘threat’.
Assuring to provide all details once the investigation is complete, Vikash Kumar told TOI that a team of police officials, led by T Kodandaram, in-charge assistant commissioner of police, Mangaluru north sub-division and Kamalakar Nayak, police inspector, Bajpe police station, is probing the matter. With the custodial period ending, the immediate priority is to subject the accused to a Covid-19 test and produce him before the jurisdictional magistrate, he said.
Playing cards of the investigation close to this chest, Vikash Kumar said, “We will probe even the seemingly smallest of angles and strive to come to exact reasons that prompted Vasanth to make the call and send out those SMSes, which turned out to be a hoax.” The probe will also deal with reasons that prompted him to call Vasudeva, how he sourced former APDs number and if he had any ulterior motive in going ahead with an apparent prank.
Sources privy to ongoing investigation, but not authorised to speak to the media, said Vasanth, worked in various hotels including Bengaluru and had returned to Karkala after the lockdown ended. “He has studied up to 8th standard and was helping out the family in the agricultural land that his father owns,” the sources said, adding Vasanth did not return to his old job due to the prevalent economic situation with hotels not opting for its old staffing pattern.
“The accused apparently found Vasudeva’s number from Facebook using a basic smartphone that he owned and sent the SMS and called him assuming he was the APD,” the sources said, adding he appeared mentally disturbed due to the prevalent situation. Vasanth has been charged under sections 505 (1) (B) and 507 of IPC and section 3(1)(d) of Suppression of Unlawful acts against safety of Civil Aviation Act, 1982 in a case registered in Bajpe police station.
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