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WhatsApp bomb hoax causes Rs. 8 crore loss to civil aviation

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The civil aviation industry suffered Rs. 8 crore loss because of a > hoax bomb threat sent through WhatsApp on Saturday by a city-based sales executive, who allegedly murdered his wife and wanted to land his ‘friend’ in trouble.

According to a senior police officer, 28-year-old >M.G. Gokul’s hoax messages not only created panic among travellers and those in the aviation industry, but also had a cascading effect on flight connections at the international level.

Six flights hit

Six flights — three each from New Delhi and Bengaluru — were called back and inspected before being allowed to fly.

The Kempegowda International Airport administration summoned the Bomb Threat Assessment Committee and pressed the additional reinforcement into service.

As the threat was specific to Lufthansa (LH-755) and Saudi Arabia Airlines (SV-5643) flights, which were on the ground, they were vacated and thoroughly checked before being given clearance to fly.

Another flight, Air France (AF-191), which had departed an hour ago, was called back, passengers were deboarded, and the flight thoroughly checked before being cleared for take off again.

Though an inquiry revealed no act of terrorism, Gokul has been booked under various sections of Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation, city Police Commissioner S.N. Megharik said on Monday.

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