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WhatsApp hoax: Gokul also booked for demanding ransom from industrialist

M.J. Gokul.

M.J. Gokul.   | Photo Credit: TH

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The bomb threat cost the aviation industry nearly $1 million.

M.J. Gokul (37), who was detained on Sunday for sending bomb threat messages to the Bengaluru International Airport Limited management, has also been booked for sending WhatsApp messages to a Delhi-based industrialist demanding ransom.

The bomb hoax at airports in Bengaluru and Delhi delayed seven international and domestic flights on Saturday. The messages cost the aviation industry nearly $1 million, Megharik City Police Commissioner said.

Gokul has been booked under the provisions of the Civil Aviation Act.

The text message, “informing” of bombs in three flights, was sent via WhatsApp to a phone number listed on Kempegowda International Airport's website meant for feedback and customer grievances, around 1.41 a.m., said an airport spokesperson. Security personnel then swung into action, and delayed the departure of three flights that were scheduled within the hour.

When questioned, Gokul claimed that he wanted to get his friend arrested, as he was in love with his wife. Hence, he sent messages about bombs from a SIM registered in his friend’s name. He claimed that his friend’s wife knew of the plan and helped him gather the documents necessary to procure the SIM. According to sources, Gokul also admitted to murdering his wife in June and making it appear as an accidental death.

A team of police from Delhi is on its way to take Gokul into custody.

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Printable version | Jan 19, 2020 2:39:39 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/hoax-bomb-caller-booked-under-civil-aviation-act/article7624994.ece

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