The accused allegedly intended to delay a flight to cause trouble to a friend

The Mumbai Police on Tuesday arrested a 38-year-old recruitment agent for making a hoax call to the Mumbai airport threatening to blow up the premises. The accused allegedly did it with the intention of delaying a flight and creating problem for a friend who was to take that flight.

Kabeer Jarumiya Hussain, a resident of Bhendi bazaar, was arrested in Vile Parle by the Crime Branch on Tuesday evening on the basis of a tip-off, police said.

Hussain had earlier called up the helpdesk at the international airport’s 1B terminus on Monday evening around 7.30 p.m. and said a bomb would explode at the airport between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Following the call, emergency alerts and security drills were activated. “No bomb was found. A case was registered at the airport police station under Sections 182, 336, 505(2), 506(1), 507 of the Indian Penal Code along with Section 66(3) of the Information Technology Act and 3(d) of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Civil Aviation Act,” a police official said.

The accused was nabbed after the authorities traced the number he had called from, the police said.

The accused allegedly intended to delay a flight to cause trouble to a friend