Rumors of bomb blast on SpiceJet flight for friendship, police arrest youth

New Delhi: A 24-year-old trainee ticketing agent of British Airways was arrested at the national capital’s IGI airport for making a fake phone call about a bomb threat to SpiceJet’s Delhi-Pune flight. The police informed about this on Friday. He said that the accused made the call so that his childhood friend could spend more time with his girlfriends who were going to Pune.

Police said the accused has been identified as Abhinav Prakash, a resident of Dwarka Sector 22 in the national capital. He said that Prakash’s friends also ran away after learning about his arrest.

On Thursday, the SpiceJet call center received information about the presence of a bomb on flight SG-8938.

The police officer said that this information was conveyed to the CISF control room and later to the IGI Airport police station.

He also said that after receiving the complaint, a case has been registered under the relevant departments.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport) Ravikumar Singh said that Prakash was arrested after the police found that the number from which the call was received belonged to Prakash.

Singh said during interrogation, Prakash said that his childhood friends Rakesh and Kunal Sehrawat had recently gone to Manali and befriended two women. Both were going to Pune on flight number SG-8938 on Thursday.

The deputy police commissioner said that Prakash’s friends wanted to spend some more time with their friends and asked him to make a plan to delay the flight.

Singh said the trio had planned to bomb the call center of SpiceJet Airlines to cancel the flight. Prakash called the customer care and said, ‘There is a bomb on SG-8938 flight.’

When the Spice Jet crew called him, he stopped taking their calls.

Police said that when they learned that the flight was delayed or grounded, the accused contacted the women on board and celebrated the success of their plan.

On hearing the news of Prakash’s arrest, Sehrawat and Rakesh fled and efforts are on to nab them, police said. He said Prakash was a trainee at the British Airways ticketing center at DLF Qutab Plaza in Gurugram.

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