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Jealous of friend going to Canada, man sends bomb threat to airport to halt flight

The Cyber police in Hyderabad have detained a youth for sending prank bomb threat email to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport of Hyderabad.

Rajeev Gandhi International Airport on Tuesday had received an email on the airport’s customer support department, wherein an unknown individual claimed that he wanted to blast a bomb there on Wednesday.

A search operation was quickly launched after receiving the mail. However, they found nothing as such and the mail was declared as ‘Non specific’.

The mail, which was sent from mail ID: ‘[email protected]’ at 2:31 pm on Tuesday, read, “I want to blast bomb in airport tomorrow [Wednesday].”

Moreover, a police complaint was also lodged for further investigation of the threat.

After an investigation, it was finally revealed that a man, who had been jealous of his friend going to Canada, had sent the threat to stop his visit.

The 24-year-old accused sketched a plan for a “bomb blast” email as he was envious that while he was still jobless while his childhood friend had got a Canadian visa.

The accused identified as Katraju Shahshikanth is a resident of Warangal. He stays at a boys hotel in Hyderabad and is friends with Sairam Kaleru, a resident of Uppal Hyderabad.

It was only recently that Sairam received the Canada visa as he was planning to go for higher studies. This led to ‘jealousy’ as Shahshikanth was not able to even find a job.

Initially, he wrote a fake email to Canadian immigration to cancel Sairam’s visa.

On Tuesday, after coming to know that Sairam was flying abroad for further studies, jealous Shashikanth used his friend’s email to ‘send a bomb threat’ to the Hyderabad airport.

As soon as the mail was received by the customer support team, a security alert was sounded.

Then a police case was registered at Shamshabad Police station and a day later, the law enforcement authority detained Shashikanth.

He was arrested under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including the Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation Act.

Written by Sagar Abhinandan

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