13-year-old held for hoax bomb threat

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13-year-old held for hoax bomb threat

Monday, 24 June 2024 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

A 13-year-old boy was apprehended for allegedly sending an email to the Delhi Airport falsely claiming that a bomb had been planted in the Dubai-bound flight.

According to the police on Sunday, the teenager had sent the mail “just for fun” after being influenced by the news of another teenager who made a hoax bomb threat call a few days ago.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport) Usha Rangnani said, “The incident occurred on Monday when a complaint was registered regarding a bomb threat on a Dubai-bound flight on June 18.”

Based on the complaint, an FIR was lodged, and an investigation was launched. All the guidelines, protocols and SOPs were followed to ensure the safety and security of the passengers, DCP said.

“Airport was put on high alert, and an emergency was declared,” she said, adding that during the investigation, the email was found to be a hoax. “During the investigation, it was revealed that the e-mail ID was deleted just after sending the email. The email was traced at Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand,” Rangnani said.

A team was sent, and the boy was apprehended for sending the hoax email, she said.

“The boy told the police team that his parents had given a mobile to him for study purposes through which he sent the email and later deleted his ID. He did not share any information with his parents as he was scared.

He was apprehended and handed over to his parents,” she added.

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