Hoax caller to CM's house arrested

Last Updated 18 May 2015, 19:16 IST

A man, who had called up the police control room claiming that a bomb had been planted at Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s residence, was arrested on Sunday. The suspect is Raju, 43, (in pic) a resident of Honnarpet in Viveknagar. Raju works as a labourer and is a habitual drinker. He was absconding after making the bomb alert call on February 18.

The police control room received a call at 7.55 am on February 18 and the caller claimed that a bomb had been planted at Siddaramaiah’s residence which might explode any time. The High Grounds police and a bomb disposal squad rushed to the spot and conducted a thorough check. Later, the police termed the call a hoax as nothing was found in the premises. The police beefed up security following the call and a case was registered.

“Details of mobile calls made by Raju helped the Central Division police in making the arrest,” DCP (Central) Sandeep Patil told Deccan Herald.

He had used his mobile phone to call up the control room and destroyed it after the call. The police established the caller’s identity within two weeks after analysing a host of calls that were received and made. The police could not arrest him as he was on the run,” the DCP said.

Based on credible information, he was arrested from his Viveknagar residence, he stated.
The interrogation revealed that he had no intention to spread rumours and play a prank. He was heavily drunk that morning and made a call under the influence of alcohol, said the police.

He was booked under IPC Section 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) and produced before the court. The police released him as the court granted him bail.

(Published 18 May 2015, 19:16 IST)

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